An Aberdeen man says he will be unable to feed himself after he received just a penny of benefits for a month.
Iain Cuthbert claims Universal Credit as he is not working while waiting for his teaching qualifications from England to transfer to Scotland.
But last week he was given a cheque for 1p.
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) said his payment was reduced significantly because he had previously received more money than he was entitled to, while doing temporary agency work.
Mr Cuthbert said he was “disgusted” by the decision. The 33-year-old, of Cairncry Road, Aberdeen, said: “Basically at the moment I’ve got an empty fridge, I’ve inquired about how to sign up for a food bank but I need to wait for a letter of introduction.”
“It means claimants are better off in work, as is the case here.”