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Disabled Cornishman Warns: 'I Can't Live On A Tenner A Day'

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7:02am 2nd April 2013

A Camborne man struggling to survive on a tenner a day says the government's failed him.

It is as new rules on benefits come in, with one minister claiming it is possible to live on £7 a day.

A hundred thousand people have now signed a petition asking millionaire Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to give it a go.

Mark Lane tells Pirate FM his chronic fatigue makes it impossible to hold down a job: "I want to go to work but I get too tired. I'd love to work but I just don't know what I'm going to do. I worry about money all the time. The money goes on the flat and that's it.

"They say you need £71 to live on and I just can't live on £71. I do meals and put them in the freezer, but it's just so expensive. Nothing's going on down.

"They're not helping unemployed people. They're forcing people back to work but not helping sick people."

Later the Chancellor will say nine out of ten working families will actually be better off.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said yesterday that the changes were about "fairness".

But he was also facing a backlash after suggesting that he could get by on £53 a week, rather than his current after-tax income of £1,600 a week.

"If I had to I would," Mr Duncan Smith told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

In the wake of the comment, more than 100,000 people signed a petition on the change.org website, calling for the minister to try surviving on that money for a year.

7:02am 2nd April 2013

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