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Single mother in bother

A 27 year old single mother of two children, ages 4 and 2 lives in private rented accommodation and is experiencing financial hardship.  She was in receipt of Income Support up until the end of last year and is now receiving employment support allowance, due to her chronic anxiety and depression.  She is a recovering alcoholic and is currently undergoing cognitive behaviour therapy for her condition.  She owes money to her energy supplier and the stress of this is causing her anxiety to go through the roof.  We sent across £50 to help her buy some food and suggested a place that they might be able to apply to for help with clearing the energy debts as they are a significant amount, much more than we could assist with.

Tags : Alcoholism RecoveringAlcoholic Benefits Depression Anxiety FuelPoverty

Man left without money for food

A man who left detox at the beginning of April after years of alcohol abuse.  He is now dry and trying to get his life back on track.  He is living in supported accommodation and is in need of bedding, as well as food.  He is not due a Universal Credit payment until the middle of May, and the small amount of money he did have he used to repay an illegal money lender.  He is now free from that debt, but was without food last week, so our agents managed to secure a small amount of money for him.  However he was facing this week with no money for food again so we agreed to send him £40.

Tags : UniversalCredit Poverty SupportedAccommodation Alcoholism Detox

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