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Family unable to afford energy costs and food

We received details today of a family of three that are struggling to buy food or pay for their energy costs.  The family are trying to exist on the sole minimum wage of the father as the mother is unable to work due to childcare needs.  They have arrears on their rent and council tax, and are now unable to afford gas, electric or food.  They were in receipt of child tax credits, but this is currently being assessed and won't be in payment for a couple of weeks.  Our agents are assisting the father in trying to secure a better paid job, so they are better able to cope.  We agreed to send the family £100 to help them out. 

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Debt Relief Order request

Just a quick one.  Our client this time is a lady who lives in her home with two people that are considered non-dependants, so her housing benefit payment is reduced, which has caused her to fall into arrears in other areas.  She is now at a point where she simply cannot manage on the £88 she receives once a fortnight.  The request was that we cover the Debt Relief Order cost of £90 so that she might with our agents support make an application to have her debts sorted out.

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Homeless female in need of help and support to stay dry

The female we were approached for help has been street homeless for quite some time.  She has issues around alcohol and has been struggling to stay dry.  She'd been living in temporary accommodation, but there are rules that your arrears are not allowed to exceed a set limit, so this meant she was at threat of being put back out on to the streets and would lose her support.  Our agents had stepped in and found that lack of support had caused this lady to get into the arrears that she had.  Closer support has been arranged and it was agreed she would pay her charges weekly as she should have been doing.  Hopefully removing this pressure from her will help her to stay dry as the financial pressures and feeling out of control was driving her back to drink again, creating a spiral of self destruction.  We as a fund agreed we would send across enough money to clear almost half of the arrears and she would be supported to repay what was left with some budgeting assistance.  Hopefully with better support in place she will be able to get her life back on track.

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