Kirsty is a single parent of two sons with autism. She says, “It is really hard to get by and it is getting worse. I go without so that my children have what they need. My shoes have holes in them. We go without heating about once a week because of the cost. Money worries have a negative impact on my sons because they are in tune with how I am feeling.” One of her sons attends a respite centre, which is 30 miles away. The local authority provided transport, but now the cuts have ended that and Kirsty has to fund it from an already-stretched budget. She says, “I’m worried and confused about changes to benefits. It seems to have got harder and harder to get financial support and I worry, what chance is there for my boys?”