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Single Father with cancer

A single father of a 15 year old daughter has been through surgery and treatment for a brain tumour.  Before his diagnosis he was working full-time and was of the belief his job was safe.  When he was discharged from hospital he came home to find he'd lost his job.  His health has improved now and he has been looking for employment but struggling to find someone that will take him on because of his previous cancer diagnosis.  He was in receipt of Employment Support Allowance, but was taken off that because he was job searching, and he was refused Personal Independence Payments.  Our agents have been helping him to apply for housing benefit, council tax benefit and to apply for ESA again, as it is clear he needs to take more time to heal properly before he goes back to work.  He has no money coming in at all at the moment and is being supported by family and friends, as well as his daughter accessing her savings.  He is often going without food as he has no money to buy any.  We agreed to send them £120 so they can buy some food and be able to top up his energy meters.

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