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New beginnings

A man we had been aware of before and had been offered practical help with getting off the streets had finally been offered a place of his own to live, as well as being awarded custody of his daughter.  Our contact had organised the white goods and practical items of furniture, but this man has really bad COPD and the freezing cold flat was making his health worse.  A couple of huge carpets had been found that would be suitable, plus there was someone standing by who could arrange to have them fitted if we could provide the funds to purchase them.  We agreed to cover the cost of both carpets, so £130 was sent across to allow this to happen.

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Travel costs problems

A lady suffering with COPD and mental health issues had been refused Employment Support Allowance, even at the tribunal stage and so found herself having to sign on for Job Seekers Allowance or being totally without any money at all.  She was in a catch 22 situaton in that she didn't have any money to be able to afford to pay to get a bus to the job centre and it was too far for her to walk, especially with COPD.  We agreed to send over a small amount to allow her to get to the Job Centre to sign on, otherwise her whole claim was going to be closed.

Tags : JobSeekersAllowance COPD MentalHealthIssues EmploymentSupportAllowance

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