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Woman's son dies while on holiday

We were approached on behalf of a lady whose son died while he was away on holiday.  She was his carer and claimed carers allowance, as well as income support.  After her son died, her claim to carers allowance stopped, and so of course did her income support top up.  She has been assisted to make a claim for Employment Support Allowance in her own right, as she herself is now not well enough to work.  She will not receive any payment for this until early October, so a request was made for some funds to allow her to purchase some food and put some energy on to her meters.  We agreed to send across £50 to tide her over until her ESA payments kick in.

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Single Mum in dire straits!

We were contacted about a single Mum with two teenaged disabled children.  Her eldest son had failed to be awarded PIP when he transitioned from Disability Living Allowance, when he failed to attend a medical, which they claim they were not informed about.  The knock on of this though is that the failure to have PIP in place has meant that the carers allowance his mum was receiving has been stopped.  In an effort to help, the eldest son has tried to find some employment, but so far he has only been able to get some occasional work on zero hours contracts.  Their local authority believes he is earning more than he is, so they are applying a very high non-dependant charge.  If all this wasn't enough, her landlord has applied to have them evicted, and the lady's ex husband is now refusing to pay the child maintenance payments.  So this family have been left in a huge mess.  This lady had been hoping to somehow give her two children as normal a Christmas as possible, but now didn't even have enough money to buy food, in fact all she had was £14 to feed three people and put money on the gas and the electricity.  We agreed a sum of £250, and sent that across.  She told us she was crying as she was so amazed at the help she'd received. 

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