“I’ve had to come off Carer’s Allowance since I did the internship. Although I was earning under the limit for Carer’s Allowance, every time I was offered work and reimbursed, it was either me having to work for free or being really worried that I was going to go over this really miniscule weekly limit.”
On how the last 22 months have exacerbated his family financial stresses, Nairn said: “Before the pandemic, everything was always tough. We were always just getting by. The change during the pandemic has been really noticeable.
“We have no choice but to have a car because mum needs to go to appointments and public transport is not an option.
“Getting that car on the road has been such a struggle over the last 12 months with the cost of fuel going up.