Mar 6, 2018
Our client, a single mother of two children has had her Universal Credit claim sanctioned for three months, because she did not attend a meeting at the Job Centre, which she says she was never notified of. She is in the process of appealing this decision, but like most things with the DWP, it takes ages to make any progress. In the meantime she has two sons, one 13, the other 16 that are depending on her for their needs. She has had some help from elsewhere from her local authority and her energy supplier for food, and gas and electric, but has now exhausted all that help. So we were contacted as a last resort for help. She won't receive any money from the DWP until the end of March when her sanction expires, so we agreed to send her £150 to tide her over until then.
Oct 11, 2017
We received two cases in one day from the same agents. The first case was a young mum with a one year old daughter. She has fled a domestic violence situation with her daughter and ended up in a completely different area with very little in the way of personal belongings. The only way of cooking she has is to warm up ready meals in a microwave, which is not good for her or her daughter. She is currently at college, training for a career so that she can provide for her and her daughter in the future. We agreed to send to her £70 so that she could use that money to source a second-hand or reconditioned cooker in the area where she lives.
The second case was again a young mum, who had fled her previous tenancy with a newborn and ended up homeless. She has been sofa surfing with her young baby with various relatives and has finally, after a lot of hard work, been able to secure a flat for her and her daughter. She has very little in the way of belonging and has been living out of a suitcase. She needs a cooker and a washing machine, and the places our agents usually try for grants are not available at the moment, due to lack of funding. We agreed to treat this case the same and offer £70, and then she could choose which to buy, the reconditioned cooker or washing machine.
Sep 27, 2017
Our case this time is a single mum with three young children, the youngest being just two years old. Unfortunately their flat has become infested with bed bugs. She is in social housing and contacted her council to aler them to this, but they have told her she needs to pay £275 to have this inspected and then treated. This does cover several visits to ensure all of the bed bugs have been got rid of, but she does not have the money to pay for this, or any of it in fact. The young woman is in debt, so we arranged for half the money £140 to be paid to a family member on her behalf, and her family are hoping to help her with the rest of the money she needs.
Aug 22, 2017
We were approached by our agents about a single mum of two adult children. She has been experiencing social problems as well as issues with her family. She'd gone through a tough break up and had got into a fair amount of debt. She was getting help from her local woman's support centre, and this was where our agents came across her when they were asked to assist with her debt issues. She is dealing with lots of credit card debt and is being pursued for these through the courts system. She is very afraid of the consequences, and is already a shy and nervous person and this is just adding to her situation, making things even worse for her. We agreed to cover the cost of a Debt Relief Order, so that she could apply for this, and then begin to get her life back on track again.
Jul 11, 2017
Our agents approached us about a single parent of three they are helping. She is recovering from a domestic violence situation and last year unfortunately was the one that discovered her brother dead. This has triggered her PTSD and has resulted in her almost giving up and not opening her mail. This action, or lack of has resulted in her discovering she is now under threat of eviction and she has missed two appointments for Work Capability Assessments for ESA. She is receiving help and support with this, being forced into claiming JSA while she waits the outcome of her ESA appeal. Her benefits are already subject to deductions and she is now without any money until the end of the week to buy food to feed her and her three children. We agreed to send her £50 to tide her over until Friday.