Life on Universal Credit: Man 42, with serious health problems forced to live in a freezing cold caravan

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Life on Universal Credit: Father, 42, who suffered heart attack and has 4% kidney function forced to live in a freezing cold caravan. Martin Weaver [below] says he had to give up his one-bedroom flat as he couldn’t afford the rent – he now sometimes stays in lay-bys without heat

The father-of-two has dialysis three times a week (Photo: Martin Weaver)

  • Martin Weaver says some nights he has no heater and uses two duvets
  • Dietician warned against having tinned food but it’s all he can afford
  • Says finding a landlord willing to take on benefit claimants is difficult

Martin Weaver’s doctors have warned him he needs to take better care of himself. They were alarmed to discover the father-of-two is living in a 35-year-old caravan with just a small electric heater to keep warm as the temperature plummeted into the minuses this winter.

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