A pregnant mum-of-five says she doesn't know how she'll survive the upcoming Universal Credit cut.

Many benefits claimants say their current pay-out is barely enough to cover the bills, with circumstances set to get worse as government removes the Covid-19 uplift next month.

Almost six million people rely on Universal Credit in the UK, and as of October they will be receiving £20 less per week when the change is made.

Mum-of-five Shannon Brown says she will likely face debt as a result of the cut.

As reported by Hull Live, the 25-year-old said: "I have been using the money to pay for bills and other necessities and now that they're taking it away, I am going to be in so much debt just so I can support my family. It is out of order.

"It is cruel to people who have kids that are living off the minimum amount they give you."

Shannon, who was with her two-year-old Khaos at the Job Centre in Britannia House, Hull, said it is a lot harder on her financially now that her son is a toddler as the cost of necessities for the family has gone up with more food, shoes and clothes.

She is also pregnant with another child and worries about how she would be able to support all of them with a reduction in her benefits.

"They are taking £87 off me, it may not seem like a lot to some people but to me, it makes a big difference," she said.

"It is not fair what they have done, a lot of people are going to suffer because of that."

The increase was introduced in April 2020 to help people cope with the Covid pandemic.

It will be withdrawn between early October and early November as ministers say society is returning to normal after Covid.

However, critics say the biggest overnight benefit cut since the Second World War will hit millions just as furlough ends.

John Ainley, 62, said he was made redundant from work in October 2019 and has had to rely on benefits ever since. He gets £63 a week which he says is not enough to live off on.

John Ainley, 62, has been on benefits since he was made redundant in 2019
John Ainley, 62, has been on benefits since he was made redundant in 2019

He said: "The first thing I do when I get the money is pay my rent because I don't want to get evicted. So I only eat a couple of times a week, and now they are taking £20 from that.

"It is just mad, I'll probably have to be outside begging now."

Another man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was let go from work at the beginning of the pandemic and has actively been looking for work since.

He said he and his wife are both unemployed so he has to spend 12 hours a day looking for jobs for both of them.

He is only getting £500 a month currently and is expected to lose £86 after the uplift is taken away. Because of this, he says, they have to choose between internet and putting food on the table.

"If they take away the money and we cannot pay for our internet, how are we supposed to be looking for jobs every day?" he added.