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Young woman, a prisoner in her own home

Our agents approached us about a young woman, just 20 years old, who has severe mental health problems which prevent her from leaving her home.  Due to this, she failed to attend a work capability assessment and subsequently her Employment Support Allowance has now stopped being paid.  The knock on from this is that then her housing benefit and council tax relief was also stopped, resulting in her falling into quite serious debt.  The agents are helping her with getting her benefits payments reinstated, and hopefully will be able to get the arrears on the housing benefit and council tax resolved.  We agreed to send across £100 so that food could be bought for herr as she is currently without any food at all.

Tags : Benefits WCA ESA NoMoney NoFood Rentarrears housingbenefit counciltaxrelief

Saved from Eviction

We were told about a family, who having got into rent arrears were being taken to court for eviction from their home.  The debt had happened because the lady in question, a single mum, had been sanctioned a number of times through no fault of her own.  This sanction meant that her housing benefit and council tax relief had stopped being paid, hence the debt.  A fundraiser was put together by another party and raised over £900 to pay off the arrears, we stepped in and sent over £100.  The total sum raised will be paid to clear the arrears, and it had been agreed if this happened within the time frame, then the eviction notice would not be enforced and they would be allowed to stay.

Tags : Eviction Benefits Sanctions Rentarrears

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