Caroline Rice (46) from Fermanagh is a self-employed childcare provider.
As a single mother she receives Universal Credit but says she feels "squashed" by a system that barely makes working affordable.
She has called on Rishi Sunak to make a £20 uplift to Universal Credit permanent and said that without it she will be unable to pay all her household bills by September.
"It's good to see that it has been extended but it doesn't go far enough," she said.
"Six months down the line we'll be facing another autumn and winter with the potential to be around £90 worse off a month.
"That's quite a lot of money to lose from a month's income. I'm in a rural area where you can't get gas, so losing that would be less than the minimum spend that you need to order oil."
She added: "I am working but there's no luxuries. I don't drink or smoke so I'm not wasting money as some people might assume.
"There's an awful stigma around Universal Credit that I never did see with working tax credits.
"Universal Credit will push me to earn more money, but to do that I would have to put my costs up and parents are already paying everything they can afford.
"In September I'm potentially not going to be able to pay a bill every month which will drive me into debt."
Solicitor Lauren Fullerton (37) works for MKB Law and is currently selling her family home in Whitehead to move to the BT9 area of Belfast.
"From our perspective the thing we've noticed is that there don't seem to be many properties coming on the market in the area and price bracket we're looking at," she said.
"That's even though there has been a large trend in relation to people trying to buy family houses."
Welcoming the extension of the stamp duty holiday, she said: "I suppose that is a good thing because that's money you can actually put into developing the property.
"That benefits the local economy as well because you can employ local people to carry out the any work on the property.
"You maybe wouldn't have had that opportunity otherwise because you would have to use that money to pay the stamp duty tax."
She estimated that if she agrees a sale in time her family could manage to save an estimated £15-20,000.
Through her work, Lauren said it was clear that demand in the housing market had not been affected by the pandemic.
"Our conveyancing department at the minute is very busy, we have noticed there is a real appetite for people wanting to move house and it is business as usual," she said.
Bar worker Matt Gill (28) from Belfast welcomed the extension of the furlough scheme but said many in the industry are falling through the cracks.
"In my own workplace I do feel looked after even if that's not been the case in other places. I'm quite lucky in that my boss has followed the guidelines to the letter," he said.
"I have heard some horror stories about people falling through the cracks with furlough, those who maybe started on casual hours and don't qualify."
He said it has been a nervous wait for each decision on the furlough scheme in recent months.
"When it was first announced, having 80% of your pay covered seemed really good at the time. Now it's a year later of 80% which for most people in the industry was minimum wage.
"We maybe have a little less travel costs but that's about it. In the hospitality industry as well we rely on tips to top up our pay which you also miss out on furlough."
Although the vaccine rollout brings hope of reopening the hospitality, Matt said there remained uncertainty on whether he could expect full time hours straight away.
"That's the main problem, especially if our bosses are having to contribute to furlough. A lot may choose to lay people off instead of taking on that extra cost".
Hospitality bosses have cautiously welcomed Government support but warned there is still a long road to recovery for the sector.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in his Budget announcement the recent VAT cut to 5% for parts of the sector will be extended for six months before being tapered. John Bittles, who owns Bittles Bar in Belfast city centre, said while the extension of furlough is welcome, he would like to see that 5% VAT rate stretched out beyond September. An interim rate of 12.5% applies for another six months after that.
"I think a lot of people will be disappointed as they would have been hoping that the VAT rate would be extended to a full year, especially when they are trying to get their businesses back up and running again in the coming months," he said.
"Wet pubs like ours will be among the last places to reopen in the summer time so we won't see any real benefit. Yes I may get a month or so out of it but that represents nothing really. It seems unfair especially as when we do get trading again, there will still be restrictions in place and we won't be returning to the same level of turnover."
John estimates he has lost around £500,000, having been closed for most of the past year due to lockdown. "There are a lot of businesses starting off this year in a lot of debt so they will be under pressure and playing catch up in terms of paying off those debts."