Ryan Rodgers, 26, and Jenny Grimes, 25, say they used to receive £2,100 a month in financial support but the introduction of the benefit cap has left their finances decimated
A couple with seven young children say they are struggling to survive after their benefits were slashed and have opened a GoFundMe page to ask for help.
Ryan Rodgers, 26, and his partner Jenny Grimes, 25, from Kirkby, Liverpool say they used to receive £2,100 a month in financial support but the introduction of the benefit cap has left their finances decimated.
In theory, the family receive £669.50 a month once the benefit cap and the cost of renting their home is deducted.
But in practice, they say they have to survive on just £480 a month, because money is deducted for the advance payment they received when they first moved onto Universal Credit.
The advance payment is a loan applicants can get to cover the five-week wait before their first payment, but it has to then be paid off in future weeks.
As a result, the nine-strong family, with their children all aged seven and under, are having to regularly rely on food banks, help from charities and favours from friends and family.
But their situation has got so desperate that they have decided to go public about their struggle, and ask for cash donations from strangers in an online fundraising appeal.
Ms Grimes says that her and her partner are 'ashamed' at having to ask for donations.
Their seven children are Ellie, seven, six-year-old twins Kenzie and Kelsie, Laysie, four, Archie, two and two twin boys who are only seven months - Tobie and Rylie.
They currently live in a three bedroom property in north Liverpool, paying £675 for rent.
Ellie, seven, six-year-old twins Kenzie and Kelsie, Laysie, four, Archie, two and two twin boys who are only seven months old - Tobie and Rylie
The family used to be homeless and had to live in a Premier Inn hotel, paid for by the council.
On GoFundMe, Ms Grimes said: 'We are a young couple with seven children trying to get back on our feet after becoming homeless having to start all over again from fresh.
'We have been benefit capped to the bare minimum and we are really struggling to get by.
'Our situation is being much more a struggle