Former Prime Minister, Theresa May, opens new Citizens Advice service in Berkshire

Watch: ITV News Meridian's Heather Edwards reports from Twyford.

Theresa May, Member of Parliament for Maidenhead, visited Twyford to launch a new mobile citizens advice service, where she met families who rely on the benefit.

Citizen's Advice says the £20 Universal Credit uplift is a lifeline, and coupled with a rise in energy bills and colder weather - many people will struggle to make ends meet.

At a supermarket car park in Twyford she met with Citizens Advice and was shown around their new mobile office - taking help out into the community. 

The pandemic has seen twice as many people as normal contacting the charity for help. Increasingly people are struggling with debt unemployment and difficulties with housing .

Watch: Jake Morrison, Citizens Advice Wokingham.

When asked about the increase in people coming forward for Universal Credit, and the cut to the uplift, Theresa May agreed there are people that are already facing difficult times.

She said the pandemic has affected people in lots of different ways, including mental health, domestic abuse, as well as financial issues.

Mrs May added that the mobile unit being provided by Citizens Advice couldn't have come at a better time.

Watch: Theresa May, Member of Parliament for Maidenhead.

The mobile advice centre is due to travel around the Thames Valley in the winter months, offering essential help to all those who may need it.