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Homeless lady offered accommodation

A key worker from a homeless shelter got in touch to ask if we could help a young woman she was working with.  She has been street homeless for sometime but has now been offered accommodation with a housing trust.  In order to accept it she needs to pay the first weeks rent in advance, which is £80 she doesn't have.  We were asked if we could cover this for her which we agreed to do, sending the money direct to them to pay it on her behalf.

Tags : Homelessness accommodation rent deposit benefits

Man needs to move nearer to family

Our agents asked us about helping a man who wants to move nearer to his sister, following the death of their father.  The move would be of great benefit to him, and he has been offered a place near to her, but in order to accept he has to pay the first weeks rent in advance.  The trouble with this is that he is in receipt of Universal Credit, but due to DWP deductions he loses 40% of his benefits because this is clawed back, leaving him with barely enough to live on, let alone pay for a change of accommodation up front.  Our agents asked us to consider making that first weeks rental payment for him of £87 which we agreed to do.

Tags : Benefits UniversalCredit deductions accommodation DWP

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