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Young mum in refuge without money

We were asked to help a young single mum of a four year old girl, they'd arrived that day into a refuge.  She has no money to purchase food or everyday essentials, and is awaiting news of her biometric test to see if she is entitled to claim any benefits.  While she waits for this information we sent her £120 to help her out with what she needs.

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Electrical issues damage kitchen appliances

We had a school contact us, one of the parents at the school, a single dad had experienced electrical problems in his kitchen which had resulted in his cooker, hob and fridge freezer becoming damaged, leaving them unusable.  The father is in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, often needing financial assistance from the school.  He is in dire need of a new cooker and fridge freezer.  We don't cover the cost of new white goods as that is way beyond our remit, but we will offer £80 to go towards refurbished items.  We have also signposted him to a place where he can access funding specifically for the purposes of replacing white goods.

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Single mother of three children coping after ending abusive relationship

A single mother of three children, ages 8, 5 and 4, has recently separated from her abusive husband.  She is having to cope with being left on her own with the children, and has had to pay two months rent in advance so that they can stay in their current home.  The father has left with many of the household items, which she is hoping to replace in time.  She is having to rely temporarily on the benefits system in order to simply survive.  She has been engaging really well with all the agencies concerned that are trying to help her find suitable employment so that she can end her benefits claim.  She came to attention when she visited her local foodbank looking for help and support.  We agreed to send her  We agreed to send her £150 to help her and her children out.  She was really grateful for the help and support she had received.

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Single Mum of five loses ESA

Our help was requested for a single mum of five children, who recently at an Employment Support Allowance, wasn't awarded any points and subsequently her ESA was withdrawn.  This meant her housing benefits was also stopped so she is trying to survive on her tax credits alone, which so far is not going very well.  Our agents are helping the lady to apply for a hardship payment, and her landlord has provided her with a food parcel, and she has been given a foodbank voucher.  We agreed to send across £150 so that she can buy food for her and the children. 

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Suspended Tax Credits payments

We were approached regarding a young mum, a single parent, who was struggling with ill health herself and taking care of her two teenaged daughters, both of them suffering with aspergers, behavioural problems and suicide attempts.  Both girls are in receipt of DLA, but one of whom was refused DLA on renewal of the award.  This is currently being appealed.  Losing that DLA award has had a knock on effect on her tax credits payments, with those being stopped and she has not had any money through since last November.  Tax Credits have decided that there has been an overpayment as the Mum was late notifying them of the DLA stopping, so her Tax Credits payments have been halted until April 2017.  We agreed to send across £100 as we found out that her rent and council tax payments were still being covered.  

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