Pregnant Skegness woman ‘forced’ to live on food parcel after benefits stopped

Heather Fisher claims she has been forced to live on a food bank package after her benefits were cut.
Heather Fisher claims she has been forced to live on a food bank package after her benefits were cut.
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A Skegness woman who is seven-months pregnant has been left with just a food parcel to live on after her benefits payment was stopped.

Heather Fisher of St Clements, had been claiming ESA (Employment and Support Allowance) but payments closed over a month ago because of a missed appointment due to ill health, she claims.

“I was suffering with morning sickness and I have problems with my eyes and eyesight,” Heather said.

Forced to seek desperate measures, Heather visited the Job Centre in Wainfleet Road, to ask for help in reinstating her benefits.

“I was advised to collect a food parcel enough for five days and could top my metres up but my benefit claim might still take weeks,” she added.

Joe Batey a friend of Heathers, feels she has been ‘forced into poverty’ and has been reduced into ‘begging for food’.

But to make matters worse, Heather fears she may also be evicted from her New Linx Housing home, after falling behind with arrears incurred from tax on bedrooms, which came in from April.

An East Lindsey District Council spokesperson said: “We’d urge her to make contact with the Council’s Housing Team as soon as possible.

“There are integrated systems in place to support vulnerable people across East Lindsey.

“There are Housing Support drop-ins across the district, which operate alongside the Community Food Larders, and there are strong links in place with DWP and the Credit Union.

“The Skegness drop-in takes place at the Storehouse Coffee Bar on North Parade on Wednesdays between 12.30-2.30pm.”