'A girl of nine begged for work to feed her family after Universal Credit left her jobless dad skint.
In a heartbreaking phone call, she told how her mum had died and there was barely any food at home.
She said: “I’ll do anything. I don’t mind cleaning floors, making beds.”
The desperate nine-year-old girl revealed her mum had died, her dad lost his job and they were going hungry as delays in his Universal Credit had plunged them into poverty.
Ellie Waugh, who took the heartbreaking call yesterday, said the youngster was “really worried because her family didn’t have any money”.
She offered to do “any” job to help buy food and get her two younger siblings Christmas presents.
The little girl added: “I don’t want to let them down.”
Ellie said: “I can’t tell you how horrendous it was hearing a child beg for work in this day and age.
“She told me, ‘I don’t mind cleaning floors, making beds. My daddy has always worked and he says you have to work to get things. I’ll do anything I can so I can buy my brother and sister a Christmas present. I can cook and I don’t mind working on a Saturday and Sunday or after school.’ After the call I just cried. Hearing that is like we’ve gone back to Victorian times.”
The phone call exposed the harsh reality of life on the hated Universal Credit, which the stubborn Tories refuse to axe despite the obvious hardship it is causing.
Five weeks ago, the girl’s HGV driver dad was made redundant but is still waiting for his first benefit payment to clear.'
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