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Man, living in UK for 15 years, loses identity

We were approached about a man who due to missing paperwork and payment errors, after being resident in the UK has been granted a temporary visa to stay and been told he has no recourse to public funds.  His matter is being supported by our agents and this man's local MP to get this mess resolved, but as he has no access to public funds, he has absolutely no money whatsoever, so any help was going to be of benefit to him.  It would take some time to get all this sorted out so we agreed to send to him £100 to keep him going until then.

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Man, sofa surfing is airlifted to hospital following a haemorrhage

We were urgently contacted regarding a man that our agents had been helping with applying for Job Seekers Allowance.  He has been homeless, so relying on being able to sofa surf, and his belongings all fit into a backpack.  He was suddenly taken ill with a haemorrhage and airlifted to hospital.  He has no money, and now no clothes at all, so we were asked if we could provide some funds to allow some underwear to be bought for him for while he is in hospital, some funds to allow his mother, who has no spare money herself to be able to visit him, and also to get some clothing for him for when he finally leaves hospital.  His own clothing will have been destroyed on arrival at hospital.  We agreed to send across £100 to cover all of this, plus to allow him enough money to travel home after release from hospital and buy some food for himself.

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Young woman, a prisoner in her own home

Our agents approached us about a young woman, just 20 years old, who has severe mental health problems which prevent her from leaving her home.  Due to this, she failed to attend a work capability assessment and subsequently her Employment Support Allowance has now stopped being paid.  The knock on from this is that then her housing benefit and council tax relief was also stopped, resulting in her falling into quite serious debt.  The agents are helping her with getting her benefits payments reinstated, and hopefully will be able to get the arrears on the housing benefit and council tax resolved.  We agreed to send across £100 so that food could be bought for herr as she is currently without any food at all.

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Man refused ESA needs help

A man in his 50's who has been living in a hostel was finally offered his own accommodation.  He has been refused Employment Support Allowance, despite ongoing psychiatric interventions.  He is appealing this decision with support from our agents and only receives £73.10 per week, the pre-assessment rate of ESA.  His local council have been very supportive towards him and have provided a fridge freezer, bed and seating, but he did not have access to a washing machine.  Service washes at laundrettes are very expensive, and were not accessible to him, nor was ready access to his family where he might have been able to get some washing done.  We agreed that we would grant the money to provide a basic one for him.

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Flat found for woman in need

We were contacted today by an organisation asking for our help with a lady they've been supporting for some time.  She came here under refugee status and has now been offered a one bedroomed flat.  She has the money for the required deposit to secure the tenancy, but does not have the funds to cover her moving costs, both from where she is and from her items in storage.  We agreed to cover these costs for her, so she could become settled without delay.

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Homeless girl has job interview

One of our agents contacted us urgently to say she was with a homeless girl who had been able to secure a job interview.  She'd managed to put together suitable clothing, but had absolutely no money at all.  We sent £50 to our agent so that she had some money to cover food and travel costs.

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Homeless MS sufferer had his motorised wheelchair stolen

Our client is a homeless man who is currently staying in very temporary accommodation, and is without his motorised wheelchair that was stolen from him two months ago.  He has been using a borrowed manual chair, but is unable to propell himself around in this and relies heavily on other homeless people to push him around.  Most are okay, but some are not and take advantage of him, by pushing him in his chair to say the cashpoint, but then demanding he gives them a loan from his disability benefit payment, which he feels obliged to give them.  He is also pushed to places, then abandoned when the person pushing him becomes drunk and this is where our agent found him, stranded in his manual chair, baking in this heat.  She got him to safety and approached us for a contribution towards a replacement for him, a motorised scooter with a tracking and security device on it to prevent it being stolen again.  The impact of him losing his chair has been enormous and he has detoriated so much.  We agreed to send across £200 towards this.  Our agent secured a grant from a local organisation, and a new motorised scooter will be purchased for him to give him his independence back.  A secure place has been found for it to be stored when it is not in use or is being charged.

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A fresh start

Our agents contacted us today about a man in his forties they've been helping who has recently been released from prison.  He wants to avoid getting into trouble again and going back to jail so he has been doing all he can to engage with the service our agents are providing, as well as the Job Centre.  He has been offered permanent accommodation but needed to find £100 to cover a necessary fee to be able to do this.  We agreed that we would send across £150 to allow him some money to buy some essentials that he'll need when moving into a new place.

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