“This is unfortunately the nature of the scale of this thing.”
Tolu saw the comments make by Mr Shapps. She says of his remarks: “To me, it broke my heart because me and thousands of people are basically collateral damage – that’s what I took from that.
“It’s just not right. I have been working in PR since I was 19. I put so much time and effort into my career, my degree, my experience. And so many other people have. And for us to lose our jobs and then to lose our income in the space of a month is just so upsetting.”
She points out that she signed her contract for her new job at the end of January, and adds: “It is proof that I’m not somebody that’s trying to take advantage of the system. I just want to be included.”
Like so many, Tolu has living costs to pay for. “Car repayments, credit card payments, overdrafts – I don’t know how I’m going to pay for any of that,” she says.
As well as covering her rent, she also planned to pay off credit cards with her new job.
“This new job wasn’t…