Sep 23, 2017
Details of our client today came to us via our agents who told us about this single mum with two children, her youngest, 10 years old is autistic and she was in receipt of DLA for him, plus carers allowance and income support. Her son's DLA came up for renew and the DWP decided that DLA payments were no longer necessary, so she lost that, the income support and the carers allowance, as well as the disabled child top up on child tax credits. This failure of the DLA impacts so many other payments and they have been without any benefits payments apart from basic child tax credit and child benefit since early August. She has had two welfare payments already from her local authority, and even though she has only 27p on her energy meters, her energy company is refusing to help her. Having exhausted all help in her local area, our agents turned to us for help. We agreed, as it was an urgent case, not coming to us until late on Friday, that we should send across £150 so she can top up her meters and get some much needed food into the house for the three of them.
Sep 20, 2017
We had a rather odd request. Our agent asked us if we could assist a man they are helping with £50 to pay for a letter from his doctor, stating his medical conditions and how they affect him so that the letter could be sent to the courts for his forthcoming tribunal hearing. Normally at a disability hearing a doctor has to be present, but this is not an ordinary tribunal, and one that a doctor is not routinely there because they don't normally consider medical needs at this type of tribunal. The young man, 26 years old has been diagnosed with MS, along with a whole host of other conditions. He had to be sent a good distance from his home for treatment, which he did, but he didn't react too well so was unable to travel home, let alone the further 15 miles from where he normally lives to attend the meeting. As he failed to show, they suspended/sanctioned his benefits, ignoring his medical situation completely that rendered him unable to be present. Our agents are very confident that this letter will allow the tribunal to understand completely his failure to attend, and will reinstate his benefits payments.
Sep 18, 2017
We were approached by our agents who are working with a single man who is temporarily staying in a homeless shelter and has a lot of debt which is steadily rising. He is on Employment Support Allowance and unable to raise the £90 fee so that he may apply for a debt relief order. We agreed to pay this on behalf of their client so that they can help him move forward and get his life back under some sort of control.
Sep 14, 2017
We were approached on behalf of a single mum who had had to flee her home following the kidnap and torture of her teenage son. She was under witness protection until earlier this year, resulting in her moving home nine times. She is still in temporary accommodaton, waiting on permanent accommodation. She was visited this week by our contact who reported that she had very little in terms of possessions and is very isolated, not knowing anyone in the area. Our contact is going to get her involved with some local groups so that she can make friends, but they wondered if they could request some financial help so she could maybe get a cheap secondhand TV. We agreed to send across £50 to help her.
Sep 12, 2017
We were approached by a new referer about a 24 year old woman who has epilepsy, depression and anxiety issues. She is currently receiving £73.10 per week Employment Support Allowance and is unable to afford anything to put into the new accommodation she has been provided with. Our agents have sourced her a furniture package locally, and have a charity they can approach for funding for an oven, but she needed a fridge freezer. We agreed that we would send across £60 so that she could use that to pay for a second hand one from her local selling sites, or somewhere like Gumtree for instance.
Sep 12, 2017
We were approached about a mum who needed help for her daughter. The mother who is currently being sanctioned on her benefits, was unable to provide a suitable school uniform for the child. The knock on from this is that the child had missed a lot of her schooling last term as the mother had kept her off school. Our agents asked us to pay for a main set of uniform for her, which we did and actually placed an order with the local school uniform supplier and arranged for the mother to call by to collect this, so we could be certain the money was used for its intended purpose.
Sep 6, 2017
Our agents told us about the plight of a man they are working with. He was attacked so severely two years ago, that it left him needing a full facial reconstruction. He suffers PTSD as a result and is afraid to go outside and leave his home. He recently had his benefits stopped, leaving him without any income whatsoever. This is where our agents come in as they are helping him to appeal this decision. On their visit they noticed he had covered all the windows up with newspaper. He told them that he cannot afford any curtains, nor has any poles to hang them from. The newspaper gives him some privacy. He does though as a result, spend all his time in the dark. We were asked if we could provide him with some funds to purchase some basic curtains and curtain poles, as well as some net curtains. This will mean he could at least draw the main curtains during the day,but still have the net curtains to maintain his privacy, but have some light coming in. We agreed we would be happy to help with this request, and with the nights getting cooler, some curtains will be essential to stop heat loss.
Sep 5, 2017
It was suggested to us by one of our agents that we might consider donating a sum of money to one of the homeless charities, that are looking at purchasing some end of season tents from a high street store. We offered them £150 as the tents they were looking at were £5 each, this will allow them to help a lot of people to stay dry and hopefully a bit warmer over the coming autumn and winter seasons.