Nov 22, 2016
We were made aware of a 58 year old woman who had to flee her family home following a domestic abuse/violence situation. This meant for her, living in a woman's refuge for 6 months while she tried to get her life together again. She was eventually offered a one bedroom apartment, which she has frugally furnished with help from her family. She is in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance of £73.10 per week, but having to repay a Crisis Loan from when she fled the former family home, at a rate of £8.00 per week, leaving her with £65.10 to pay her bills and buy food with.
The issue she has is that she does not have a fridge or freezer, so any perishable foods she buys goes off quickly, and means her having to replace that in small quantities. On the money she is supposed to survive on this is very expensive. We agreed to send across the sum of £150 to purchase a budget fridge freezer, so that she could safely store her food. She will now be able to purchase items that are heavily reduced because they are close to their sell by date, and then freeze them if appropriate to do so.
Sep 12, 2016
A lady suffering with COPD and mental health issues had been refused Employment Support Allowance, even at the tribunal stage and so found herself having to sign on for Job Seekers Allowance or being totally without any money at all. She was in a catch 22 situaton in that she didn't have any money to be able to afford to pay to get a bus to the job centre and it was too far for her to walk, especially with COPD. We agreed to send over a small amount to allow her to get to the Job Centre to sign on, otherwise her whole claim was going to be closed.