Jul 12, 2019
We were asked if we could consider assisting a young mum with a two year old. Up until Christmas she had a carer that lived in with her, but her carer left. Unfortunately this meant that she was unable to attend an assessment for work capability and subsequently lost her entitlement to Employment Support Allowance. She has been without any ESA payments for two months and existing on her child tax credits and child benefit. However this week she found out that her tax credits have been stopped because a claim for Universal Credit has been made, which she claims she has not done. She had no food in the house, no credit on her mobile phone to contact tax credits to find out what was going on. Our agents are helping her to deal with the DWP and sort out an appeal for her. We agreed to send her £150 to buy food, phone credit and to be able to put some credit on her energy meters. Today we received this reply from our agents.
"C was absolutely blown away and there were a lot of tears (mainly from staff here!!). She is a lovely lady and her self-esteem and confidence are at an all time low so she could not believe that people wanted to help her – hence the tears. Cannot thank you enough for the help and support you give our customers – greatly appreciated."
Apr 29, 2019
A young woman, in her very late teens is living all alone without any family support whatsoever. She does work part-time but is finding it difficult to cope as she has health issues which has still not been properly diagnosed. Her mobility is compromised so she only works a few hours a week. She has been in receipt of Universal Credit (UC), and this has been okay, but she gets paid every four weeks and this month her payment fell two days earlier than expected and according to UCshe has been paid twice, so this month she won't receive any UC payment at all. UC have also not covered all of her housing costs either, so she has a £120 shortfall on the rent to find, as well as being £100 down on her UC payment. This has meant she is struggling to find the money to pay her travel fares to work as well as covering the rent shortfall. Our agents are helping her to put in an application for Personal Independence Payment. In the meantime we agreed to send her £125 to help her out.
Mar 19, 2019
A disabled mum of four children is struggling to manage financially. She is affected heavily by the benefit cap, having to find £400 a month to top up the cost of her rent. She had her PIP claim refused last year and our agents are going to help her appeal this, or at least reclaim. Her fridge is leaking and her vacuum is broken, and she does not have any money to have these repaired or replaced. She has applied for a local council assistance scheme, but has been refused as they say they only focus now on care leavers or people that have come from a street homeless situation. We agreed to send her £120 to allow her to get these fixed or purchase reconditioned replacements.
Dec 15, 2018
We were approached about a lady in her forties, living alone. She has many difficult health issues, and the constant cold is only making matters seriously worse. She has rent arrears as well as utilities arrears which are currently being deducted at source from her benefits payments. The DWP unexpectedly reduced her usual payment by £100, leaving her with just £10 until her next due payment in January 2019. Our agents are helping her to get the regular deduction amounts reduced, and to assist her with budgeting going forward, and apply for Personal Independence Payments. She has very little gas and electric left on her prepayment meters, so she will be over the holidays without gas and electric, without food, or both. Our agents are extremely concerned about her welfare over the holiday period. We agreed to help out by sending £150 but over three payments of £50.
Jul 6, 2017
We were contacted by a new to us organisation, who had a disabled client they were trying to help. After careful consideration and checking we then put their case to our members to vote on. This gentleman had been released from prison into temporary accommodation, where he had been living for some time. Now finally he had been offered a permanent place of his own, but of course having been in temporary accommodation, he had very few possessions. The agency were supporting and helping him all they could, but were struggling to find him funding that would also cover the cost of a basic washing machine. They had identified a basic one online that came to under £150, so it was put to the vote and agreed that the money should sent across straightaway. The agency were so relieved as they had very little idea of how we operate, and mostly how quickly we can respond if need be. We don't expect lengthy application forms to be completed, we don't even have a form,, but we do only take referrals via official organisations. We do on occasions get requests made directly from individuals, but we cannot accept those as we need to protect the fund at all times from being scammed.