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Former HGV driver dealing with cancer

A man who was previously working as an HGV driver has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing extensive chemotherapy for this.  He is not in receipt of any money at all, and his outgoings are over £700 a month.  Our agents are helping him to apply for Employment Support Allowance and housing benefit, something he has never had to do before.  In the meantime he does not have any money to buy food, and his consultant has told him that due to the aggressive treatment he is receiving he needs to keep his strength up to be able to cope.  We agreed to send him £100.

Tags : Benefits ESA PIP Cancer CancerTreatment Poverty

Mother dealing with impact of her having cancer as a child

A mother of two children, who herself had very intensive treatment for cancer as a child, is now as an adult finding it difficult to do the most basic of tasks.  Unfortunately she did not receive the full help and support she should have received when she was a child, and that is impacting on her life now.  She is now being supported and part of that is helping her with her finances.  She is in receipt of Universal Credit and child benefit, but our agents are helping her to apply for personal independence payment as her condition interferes with her ability to live a normal life.  The mother is frequently going without meals so that her children have enough to eat, so we sent her £100 to use to buy some food and stock her cupboards and fridge up with.

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Young man with cancer loses his job

We were asked to help a young man in his early twenties who is currently in hospital receiving treatment for cancer.  When he asked his employer for time off for treatment they removed him from his job which our agents are intending to challenge with his former employer.  He is without money and will have to claim benefits on his release from hospital but he is currently without any money so we agreed to send him £50 so he could get some groceries on his way home.

Tags : Cancer Unemployment Poverty CancerTreatment

Man with cancer having to give up self-employment

A man who has always been self-employed has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing intensive treatment.  He had to give up working in December because of his condition, and has recently submitted a claim to be put on to Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payments, which will take some time to be received, assessed and put into payment.  He has been existing by using the remains of a tax rebate and his overdraft to pay his mortgage and bills.  His cooker has broken and our agents have applied for a grant to get this replaced but asked us to help him with some money for food, which we agreed to, sending him £100.

Tags : Benefits ESA PIP Cancer CancerTreatment Poverty Self-Employment

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