Stacey Solomon says benefits saved her life

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Stacey Solomon says benefits saved her life credit:Bang Showbiz
Stacey Solomon says benefits saved her life credit:Bang Showbiz

Stacey Solomon says benefits "saved [her] life" when she became a mother at 17.

The 32-year-old TV presenter gave birth to her first child, Zachary, in 2008, and explained that receiving a Sure Start Grant, which provides mothers with financial aid to help with a new baby, was a huge help to her as she struggled financially.

Speaking on 'Loose Women', she said: "I was given a Sure Start Grant, which is what it was called at the time, and I can't tell you how much that saved my life.

"My working tax credits saved our lives, we could not have got by without those.

"The milk tokens that we used to get, to help us buy SMA and milk and stuff from the shops that we couldn't afford."

However, Stacey slammed the government for "abolishing" many of the initiatives that helped her.

She said: "All of that got abolished, some of my friends who are in similar circumstances now, don't even have those opportunities. They're completely taken away from people."

Stacey previously admitted she considered an abortion when she first got pregnant, but could not go through with it.

She said: "I could have had an abortion. We went to the clinic to see what my options were. It was definitely something I considered, because I thought my life would be over. That sounds awful and I feel guilty about it every day because Zach’s incredible, but it is what it is. I wouldn’t judge anyone for going through with it. It was just something I couldn’t do."

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