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Man completes rehab and is finally off the streets

We were approached about help for a young man, fomerly a qualified HGV mechanic who has been living on the streets and dealing with a drug addiction.  He has completed rehab, is living in a homeless hostel and is now clean of drugs.  He was in receipt of Universal Credit, but has been sanctioned because he lost his phone and missed an appointment.  It is essential he has access to a phone to stay connected to the DWP and know when his appointments are due to take place at the job centre, because if he fails to attend his benefits are automatically stopped as has happened on this occasion.  We were asked if we could cover the cost of a replacement phone and some credit to be applied to the device.  We agreed to send him £60 so he could do this and have some money left over to buy some food.

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