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Single man left with not enough to live off

A man working part-time, 24 hours per week, has his income topped up by Universal Credit.  Unfortunately his landlord has applied to have the man's housing arrears paid direct from his UC and this has left him with £32 to last him until the middle of June, for food and fuel.  We agreed to send him £75 to help him out.

Tags : UniversalCredit Rentarrears Poverty

Small family in need of help

Our help was requested for a young couple that have a 5 month old child.  They currently share a two-bedroomed flat with the child's grandmother, whose flat is in a poor state of repair.  She has been in receipt of benefits for a long time and has not been able to afford to have any carpets put down anywhere in the flat, so it is floorboards which are not in a good condition, nor could they be sanded and sealed.  The health visitor that contacted us is concerned about the development of the child as they are of an age where they need to go on to the floor, but it is currently unsafe.  The parents are unable to afford to get any carpet or rugs as the father only works hours that are made available to him and these are sporadic so they are unable to plan.  Plus the mother was living with two other children in a house, but the children were taken into care and she fell behind with the rent, so it repaying that back, which she must do to be able to go back on to the housing register for their own home.  The father was a looked after child, so struggles emotionally, and he too lost two children from a previous relationship.  They are trying desperately to do everything right by their baby son, hence the request for our help.  We agreed to send them £130 as they'd had a quote for that much to fit some carpet.

Tags : DWP Lookedafterchildren Rentarrears Poverty ChildDevelopment

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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