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SMI payments will be ending as of April

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clr44
clr44 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi it’s my first time ever on a chat/info line , I had a letter through my door saying that my SMI payments will be ending as of April, the leaflet was demoralising and very insulting , I work , but cannot earn much as I have two children one of which is registered didsabled , I am a full time carer for him and also a single Mum , I now have been told that I need to find an extra £180 a month , which is something is totally out of my control as caring for my son has to take priority, or get myself in debt with the loan and stick a huge amount of pressure on my children , I cannot downsize as the leaflet suggests to people then I would be in a 1 bedroom place for 3 of us , nor can I ask family members or friends for financial help, I’m worried sick that I will now lose our home for something that has not been our fault , my sons dissability was not his fault, my caring role as a parent is not my fault, and me being a single Mum is not my fault , I am trying to better myself by taking up further education to better my chances of a career later in life , it’s not like I am someone sitting on a sofa with my hand out for payouts , I’m struggling with the future now and worst thing is we now could lose our home . Does anyone else share a similar situation at this scary time? I generally don’t know what to do

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  • Pippa_Alumni
    Pippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,790 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @clr44, and welcome! I'm sorry things are so difficult for you at the moment: unfortunately you're not alone in your concerns about SMI. I'd recommend taking a look at this recent thread on the topic to find others in similar situations. 
  • clr44
    clr44 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Thankyou for your help I appreciate it 
  • Debbie_Alumni
    Debbie_Alumni Community member Posts: 932 Pioneering
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    Hi @clr44,

    Welcome to the community and thanks for posting.

    I hope you've found the other discussions on this subject helpful so far.

    If you would like some advice about your individual situation please get in touch with us at the helpline. 

    Best wishes
    Debbie
  • clr44
    clr44 Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Thankyou I will contact you over the next day or two to discuss it in more detail , it’s so nice to have someone that wants to listen . 
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