Lisa says, “When I left home at 16, I knew education was the key. I stayed at school, even though it meant living on £25 per week Income Support. I assumed when I finished school, I would never need benefits again. I never stopped working. I didn’t even consider having a child until I was financially secure, prepared, and married. I trained for a career I was passionate about. I worked hard. I went to university, and borrowed £12K to do so. But now, if I work, I am in poverty – if I can get work. If I don’t, I am in poverty. My daughter is in poverty. I have woken up to find I am society’s garbage. And with increasing regularity, people feel free to tell me that. The benefit ‘trap’ the government is removing, is the thing that kept me and many of my friends working.”