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Lady too terrified to leave her home

This lady was brought to our attention by our agents.  She is a lady in her late forties, that is in receipt of Universal Credit, but because her adult son currently lives with her that UC amount is seriously reduced.  He is moving out soon to move in with his girlfriend, this will leave her subject to bedroom tax as she will be occupying a 3 bedroomed home.  She is really struggling and is in quite serious debt, so our agents are referring her to their debt team to try to get this resolved.  She has been a victim of domestic violence which has been so severe it has left her with a brain injury.  This has meant she is unable to work, plus she rarely sleeps for very long as any noise and she wakes up.  She is afraid to leave the house as her ex-partner knows where she lives and has already damaged the property leaving her with a broken window she cannot afford to have repaired and her landlords have said that because it was done deliberately they won't pay to repair it either, so she is in her home and it is freezing cold.  She doesn't currently have any money for heating or for food.  We agreed to send her £100 to allow her to buy food and put credit on to her energy meters.

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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.

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Mother of one without food and heat in freezing conditions

This mother of a six year is in employment, but for the past weeks she has not been given any shifts at work.  She is in receipt of Universal Credit but is unable to cover her council tax bill, nor have any money for food or heating.  She has been trying to find a better job where she can be guaranteed hours of work, but so far she has not had any success.  Her mental health and anxiety are being exacerbated by the stress of her situation. She is not due another Universal Credit payment until the middle of February.  We agreed to send her and her daughter £150 to cover the cost of topping up her energy meters and buying some food.

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Foodbank needs funds to be able to help others

We sent a £100 donation towards a foodbank that were crowdfunding to raise money to buy food to stock their foodbank larder.  We don't do this often, but we know that this money can help lots of families to have access to much needed food.

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Single Dad needs money for gas and electricity

We were approached about helping a single dad who has sole care of his two oldest children, and at the weekends care of his youngest two as well.  Since taking on the care of the older children he has had to put in a claim for Universal Credit and he is really struggling to make ends meet.  Our contact had been speaking to this man who said that he has nothing on his gas meter at all and 75p on his electricity meter.  The house is cold, he is unable to heat it, nor does he have any money to be able to prepare a hot meal for them all.  His next Universal Credit payment is not due for at least a week.  We agreed that we would send over immediately £100 to go towards fuel and food.

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