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Man with cancer struggling to buy food

Our help was needed today for a man who is currently receiving pallative care for cancer.  His care is being provided by his local hospice and he is finding the treatment has caused his taste to change.  All the money he receives from his benefits is swallowed up by bills, leaving him with no spare money to buy high calorie food he feels able to eat.  We agreed to send him £100 to help him out, and have advised our agents to get their client to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment to assist him with meeting his council tax bill.

Tags : DWP Benefits Poverty Cancer foodpoverty

Young mum with cancer needs help

We were asked to help a young mum of two small children.  She has recently been diagnosed with cervical cancer and is about to start treatment for this, radiotherapy and surgery.  Following the surgery she is going to need a replacement mattress as the one she currently has will no longer be suitable, they have applied for a grant to buy a new mattress for her.  Before she became ill she was working full time and providing for her family.  Since her diagnosis she has had to give up work and apply for Universal Credit.  By applying for this though her previous payments of child tax and working tax credit have been stopped, and her Universal Credit payment last month was just £20 for the three of them.  She is currently trying to buy what little food she can using her credit card and the debt this is causing is stressing her out.  We agreed to send the family £150 so they can buy food and energy for the next month.

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Gentleman being advised to be considered for Best Supportive Care

A man, previously employed in a factory, has been advised that the progression of his cancer now means that he needs to be cosnidered for best supportive care for his last months or weeks even.  He is not in receipt of any benefits, which our contact is going to investigate on his behalf.  He is currently living with his son and his family, and is struggling with trying to keep warm.  He wants to be able to contribute to some of the extra costs of keeping the house warm.  We agreed to send across £200 to pay for the extra energy costs.

Tags : Benefits Cancer PallativeCare EnergyCosts Poverty EnergyPoverty

Lady recovering from cancer treatments taken off ESA and PIP

We were asked to help a single lady who is recovering from treatment for cancer.  Throughout her treatment she was in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment, which has now been stopped by the DWP as they consider her treatment to be complete.  She is still in a great deal of discomfort and pain, is at high risk of infection, as well as suffering with extreme fatique.  All of these make it impossible for her to consider working, and so she is reliant on her mother to cover the cost of her rent and her bills, as obviously her housing benefit also stopped being paid.  She is struggling with trying to keep warm despite the milder weather, and is concerned about whether she will be able to cover the cost of her gas and electric.  We agreed to send her £150 in the meantime until her benefits can be brought back into payment again.

Tags : DWP ESA PIP Cancer Appeals

Former teacher undergoing cancer treatment is struggling

A former teacher diagnosed with cancer is currently undergoing high dose chemotherapy and awaiting a stem cell transplant.  She is a single parent and former teacher, now unable to work due to her diagnosis.  She has no family and is no longer able to drive.  She is struggling financially and was recently forced to move home through no fault of her own.  We agreed to send her £150 to use towards food and energy costs.

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Former nurse affected by cancer

A former nurse now impacted by cancer is struggling to manage financially.  She is in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and also Personal Independence Payments (PIP) however the PIP payments have now stopped being paid and she is currently in the process of appealing that decision.  The stopping of her payments has made life extremely difficult financially.  Her condition will only get worse than it is already, and the stress of her change of income has made matters worse.  She needs to be scrupulous about hygiene, but is worried about having enough money to put the heating on so she can have hot water.  We agreed to send her £100 to help her out.

Tags : Cancer ESA PIP Debt FuelPoverty

Man with cancer found fit for work

This situation is a man that has been diagnosed with head and neck cancer, needing to have extensive surgery.  He did have a job but had to give that up when he became too unwell to work.  He was in receipt of Universal Credit, but recently had a work capability assessment (WCA) where they found him fit for work, despite the fact he is unable to turn or lift his head or arms.  The outcome of the WCA has caused him emotional and psychological distress.  He is still at high risk of infection, so it is important that he has access to hot water for keeping clean, however he is having to decide between heating his home or being able to eat.  Our agents are going to help him put in an application for Personal Independence Payments, as well as appeal the decision of the WCA.  We agreed to send him £100 to buy food and fuel.

Tags : DWP UniversalCredit WCA FuelPoverty FoodPoverty Poverty Cancer

Diagnosis of cancer brings money worries

We were approached by a doctor who has been treating a patient diagnosed with cancer.  The diagnosis has meant he has had to be on sick leave from his job as a care worker, and is in receipt of statutory sick pay.  It is looking like his employers are wanting to make him redundant which is causing him a great deal of stress.  As a result of the cancer he has had to have an above knee amputation, meaning his existing home was no longer suitable.  The cost of moving to more suitable accommodation has brought up extra costs at a time when his income is seriously limited.  We were asked if we could consider helping him and agreed to send him a grant of £100.  Local agencies are helping him to determine how he stands contractually regarding his employment situation.

Tags : DWP Benefits Poverty Cancer AboveKneeAmputation PIP MovingHome

Debt Relief Order Needed

Our help was needed this time for a  of single parent two teenaged children. He was left on his own with their young children when his wife was diagnosed and died of cancer.  They ran into a considerable amount of debt during that time, amounting to almost £50,000.  They ended up having to sell their home to repay the outstanding mortgage and some of the debts.  He is now in receipt of Universal Credit, as he has been pensioned off due to ill health, and unable to work, due to periods of PTSD.  He still has £16,000 of debt which he is struggling to repay, so our help was sought to help him fund the £90 needed to apply for a debt relief order, which he qualifies for.  His home will not be affected as a result of him applying for this, so we were happy to help him.

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