Dad-of-four living off £60-a-month worries kids will be taken away due to Brexit

A father who lives on as little as £60-a-month fears his children will be taken away from him because of food shortages, amid concerns about the impact of a no-deal Brexit .

Community workers fear that people reliant on foodbanks – like Dominic Barber, from Everton in Liverpool – could suffer in the event of the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.

An Everton foodbank organiser said people in Liverpool are living in 'absolute squalor' and warned that a no-deal Brexit could have an unimaginable impact on the service, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Dominic told ITV News: "Sometimes you can be left with £60 to last a month.

"My worst nightmare [is] someone knocking on my door, saying 'sorry Mr Barber, you can't feed your children, you can't clothe your children, I'm going to have to take your kids away.'

"Because the minute that happens, I won't be on this earth."

The father-of-four spoke to ITV during a special segment about poverty in Liverpool and how one in every three children live below the poverty line.

A DWP spokesperson said children growing up in working households are five times less likely to be in relative poverty,

But the ECHO spoke to Gerard Woodhouse, general manager of L6 Community Centre who was also featured in the special report.

Gerard said: "I'm more than worried at the moment. Everything we do will be affected by a no-deal Brexit.

"Our food only lasts two weeks, we're constantly relying on donations and the council are under-funded as it is.

"To be honest, we're living on S*** Street."

He spoke about how the people he helps are the poorest of the poor and that they feel completely abandoned by London politicians.

He said: "I'm absolutely fed up of hearing the rubbish that's coming out of Westminster.

"I invite anyone from London to come to Liverpool and see how people are living. They are living in absolute squalor.

"Their homes have no furniture, no gas, no electricity and no hot water so you can imagine what the houses look like.

"People are having to cook a tin of donated beans from the food bank on a portable camping stove."

But general manager at L6, Gerard says Dominic isn't even one of the worse cases.

He told the ECHO: "His problems aren't that severe in comparison with some of the people we help.

"We got a call for help the other day regarding a 60-year-old man who had fallen after a heart attack.

"When we arrived, we found his 12-year-old grandson was the only person looking after him and he had leukaemia.

"There's just too many people falling through the net."

Gerard added : "I can't even imagine how we'd cope if a no-deal Brexit went ahead."

Director- general of the Confederation of British Industry, Carolyn Fairbairn predicted that a no deal would cost the North West £20bn, which equates to double its health and education budgets combined.

And when asked to explain his strategy to combat expected food shortages, Boris Johnson said his government would help farmers by purchasing £500m of Welsh Lamb.


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