Feb 14, 2018
We were asked to help out a lady who is in receipt of ESA, as she has Epilepsy, Anxiety and depression. She was in receipt of DLA, but when she was switched for PIP, she lost her claim. This has meant that her income has dropped by £130 per week. She is appealing the decision and is due to have her claim heard later this month, our Agents are confident that her PIP will be awarded. She needs help in the meantime to pay for some heating, as she is currently unable to heat her home. She needs to cover the next few week, because even if she is successful, it will take several weeks for the DWP to address the backpayment she would be due, and to actually pay that. We agreed to send her £150.
Jan 13, 2018
Following a surgery to fuse this man's wrist, in an effort to deal with the constant pain, this man is now having serious complications, resulting in the surgery site constantly reopening and not healing properly. They are now considering plastic surgery or a skin graft to hopefully encourage the surgery site to heal properly. At the moment he is unable to cut his food up, dry himself after a shower, or dress properly as he is unable to use this hand and wrist as it goes into spasm.
He was in receipt of DLA and when invited to apply for PIP, he then failed and now is not in receipt of benefits. Fortunately he still lives at home so his family will make sure he doesn't starve, but he needs to be able to visit the hospital for appointment, and generally be able to live. We offered to send him £80 to help him with this. He has been to the DWP and is currently job searching to see if something suitable comes up, and is also in contact with a debt charity to help him resolve his debt issues.