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Family in dire straits

Help was needed for a family that arrived here in the UK back in 2011.  The parents separated for a while and lived their lives, however the father became dependant on alcohol in 2017 and was unable to work as a result.  He claimed for Employment Support Allowance and joined a detox programme which has resulted in him giving up alcohol completely.  Shortly after the couple moved back in together but have now realised that this was a mistake and they should have stayed apart.  The wife is now considered homeless and is waiting to secure accommodation for her and their teenaged children.  Both parents have submitted separate claims for Universal Credit, and despite them having worked almost continuously since they arrived in the UK in 2011 they are both having to fulfill a habitual residency test.  The initial test they failed and the first claim was cancelled.  They are now claiming again, and need to wait for the result of the habitual residency test before they can make an advanced claim on the Universal Credit.  The Mother now works part-time, 16 hours per week but it is not enought money to keep a household of four going.  We agreed to send over £150 to allow them to purchase energy and fuel.

Tags : Benefits DWP UniversalCredit AlcoholDependency EUNationals Homelessness FoodPoverty

Dying man constantly refused benefits payments

We were contacted urgently about a man from Poland who has terminal cancer.  He has been living and working in the UK for the past 15 years, however because he left the UK between 2006 and 2008 and returned to Poland to care for his dying mother, he is now being refused the opportunity to claim Employment Support Allowance.  His rent is in arrears, but our agent is dealing with the landlord over that, who is cooperating fully, so it is hopeful that he won't be evicted.  He has no remaining family in Poland and wants to live out the rest of his days here in the UK.  We agreed to send across £150 as he has no food, gas or electricity.  Our agent is now able to converse with the DWP directly about his case so is hopeful the decision to refuse him can be overturned.

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