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Man wins job but risks losing his home

A man, originally from Zimbabwe, has been living and working here in the UK for the past 5 years.  His last contract ended and this has left him unemployed.  Unfortunately he needs to apply for settled status to be able to claim any benefits at all, and the cost of applying for  this status is almost £2,500.  His rent has fallen desperately into arrears as he has been unable to pay this, not being able to access any housing benefit payments.  His landlord has applied for an eviction order, which will likely be granted, plus he has some of his possessions in storage, but that too is in arrears and he is unlikely to have these items returned to him.  He has found employment which commences in 2 weeks time, however once he starts work, he is unlikely to be paid for another month.  We sent him £120 so he could buy food over the next few weeks.

Tags : SettledStatus Unemployment Debt RentArrears

Single mum of 1 unable to access benefits

We were approached about a single mum of a five year old child.  She is a Polish National who settled here in the UK in 2008 where she was working until she moved to support her older child in college and subsequently lost her job.  Previously she was in receipt of income support and child tax credits, as well has housing and council tax benefit.  However she has had to put in a claim for Universal Credit instead and has now been told she is no longer entitled to any benefits other than child benefit and the £60 a week she receives in maintenance from her child's father.  She is now in arrears with her rent, and hasn't received benefits since April this year.  Our agents are assisting her with applying for settled status and are hopeful this can be resolved quickly so she can be in receipt of Universal Credit.  In the meantime the lady is working with her job coach towards setting herself up in business as a florist.  We agreed to send the family £100 as a boost towards food and fuel.

Tags : PolishNational UniversalCredit Benefits Poverty SingleParents SettledStatus RefusalofBenefits

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