Mar 1, 2019
We were approached to help a single lady currently living in a two bedroomed house, which is subject to bedroom tax as she is classed as under occupying the property. A single bedroomed place has been found for her to move to, but where she is currently all the white goods in the kitchen are built in so she is unable to take them with her when she moves. Our agents have applied for a grant on her behalf to obtain replacement white goods for her new home, but there will be a delay as the grant is approved. This means that she will lose any fresh or frozen food she might already have, and will be without the means to even make a hot drink, or heat a premade meal. They asked for enough money to purchase an inexpensive kettle and microwave, and for £50 to cover the cost of this which we agreed to send.
Feb 23, 2019
A lady in her early 40s, living with her adult son was refused Employment Support Allowance back in September last year when her claim came up for renewal, and her benefits payments stopped. She was working until 18 months ago, but had to stop due to a back injury. Our agents are assisting her in applying for a discretionary housing payment to help with the bedroom tax situation, however the lady has a possession order against her for the property and is currently facing eviction as she is so far behind on her rent. Currently she is living with her mother as she is at high risk of suicide, due to the depression that set in after she failed her ESA assessment. Our agents are helping her to appeal the ESA decision and get her payments back into place. We agreed to send her £100 to assist her.
Jan 25, 2019
The lady in question is a social housing tenant, having lived in her home for the past 29 years. She is unable to work due to arthritis, depression and panic attacks. She is the sole occupier of her three bedroomed house, so is subject to the bedroom tax, and has debts that the repayments leave her with less than the minimal disposable income. These debts are causing her extreme anxiety, so she has been advised to apply for a Debt Relief Order in order to relieve herself of the debts. She cannot though afford the £90 fee to apply for the DRO, even though she has the full support of her advisors that this is her best course of action. We agreed to cover the £90 fee so that this can be put in place for her.
Nov 7, 2018
One of our regular agencies contacted us today about a couple they have been trying to help. They are in receipt of joint Employment Support Allowance, but because they have a two bedroomed property they are liable for bedroom tax. They had previously been badly advised about their liability towards this second bedroom which has resulted in them now having to pay almost £40 a week for the bedroom tax and to cover some arrears that had amounted because of this bad advice. They are also under threat of eviction, which is causing them a great deal of stress. Our agents are helping them to fight this second bedroom situation, applied on their behalf for carers allowance and assisting them regarding the eviction notice. We were asked to help them out a bit, just to let them see that not everything is turning to something bad. We agreed to send them £100 to help them out with bills, as they are especially worried about not being able to keep their phone connected so they can continue to receive help and support via the phone.