When Emily-Jane turned to a food bank for help, she says, “My husband had lost his job, my Maternity Allowance had come to an end, and we had fallen behind on our bills. I had a baby and toddler at home, so I was struggling to find work to fit around the sleepless nights and busy days. I have never been rich, but when we struggled in the past, there was always an overdraft, some spare change or a few quid left in the bank to tide us over. But not this time. We sold everything we had of value, I couldn’t claim Jobseeker’s Allowance because I had been self-employed. We had used all our savings, maxed out our credit cards and borrowed money from family, so we were out of options.”

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