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Mum of two unable to heat their home

Our case was a young mum with a 7 year old and a 9 month old.  She is in receipt of Universal Credit but is struggling to make ends meet.  She left the father of her oldest child following domestic violence issues, and he is now no longer able to see her or their child.  The father of her youngest child is no longer on the scene, leaving her completely on her own.  She is struggling to heat their home, or have enough hot water to bathe the children, and at the point of contacting us, they told us she only had £4 left on the meter.  We agreed to send her £100 to help her out over these forthcoming months.

Tags : Benefits UniversalCredit DomesticViolence Children

Bed needed for 3 year old

A mum of three boys, 9, 6 and 3 years old are currently living in supported accommodation, designed to help lone parents suffering with mental health issues.  The accommodation is overcrowded and they have been given some furniture, but she is struggling to get a bed suitable for the three year old.  She is currently paying back a budgeting loan, has service charges to pay for where they are living as well as bills and food, so does not have any spare cash left to save for this.  We agreed to send the family £80 to help them out.

Tags : IncomeSupport SupportedHousing Children MentalHealthIssues

When bed bugs bite!

Our case this time is a single mum with three young children, the youngest being just two years old.  Unfortunately their flat has become infested with bed bugs.  She is in social housing and contacted her council to aler them to this, but they have told her she needs to pay £275 to have this inspected and then treated.  This does cover several visits to ensure all of the bed bugs have been got rid of, but she does not have the money to pay for this, or any of it in fact.  The young woman is in debt, so we arranged for half the money £140 to be paid to a family member on her behalf, and her family are hoping to help her with the rest of the money she needs.

Tags : Benefits JSA ChildTaxCredit BedBugs Fumigation SingleParent Children

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