Glen was a wealthy businessman until a costly divorce, the collapse of his hairdressing business, a serious injury that left him unable to work, and the need to care for his elderly mother. He says, “We had everything, and in the space of five years there was nothing left, except £61-a-week Jobseeker’s Allowance. The final straw was four weeks ago, when they even stopped that, because I was 15 minutes late turning up to sign on. Now, I’m one step away from starvation. I never imagined I would be living this way and believe me, if it can happen to somebody like me, then it can happen to anyone. I used to feel ashamed, but I don’t anymore, because in the end you pass the point where you worry about what other people will think.”