Nov 11, 2016
Our client had been in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and in the support group (which usually means that the condition they are suffering with is unlikely to improve so that they might be able to return to work). Following a Work Capability Assessment he was immediately removed from ESA and consequently his income disappeared, along with his housing benefit and council tax relief.
A Mandatory Reconsideration had been put in for him on his behalf, to get him put back on to ESA, but as his condition is now even worse, an appeal is going in for him to request that the DWP reconsider his application for ESA, with a view hopefully to him being placed back in the Support Group. With COPD and a major issue with his knee which means he is unable to get about he needs all the help he can get.
We agreed to send him £50 so that he could buy some fresh food and also some extra to put food in his freezer, while he waits for his application for Job Seekers Allowance kicks in.
Oct 17, 2016
A man, with a troubled past and desperately trying to turn his life around for the better had been offered a much needed place to live. Currently he is in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance only which does not stretch far at all. The deposit for his flat was almost £400 and he needed to somehow find that himself which was proving almost impossible. He was already showing self-reliance by signing up to take a business course, so we felt confident with a bit of assistance this might be achievable, so felt offering him £150 would go some way to help.
Aug 10, 2016
A man in his 40s had been encouraged by his local job centre and social worker to move from claiming Job Seekers allowance, to claiming Employment Support Allowance (ESA). The problem though was that this meant he fell through the gaps of the benefits payments and his money suddenly without warning stopped. Living alone, with mental health issues, and unable to adequately access help, he turned to his mother for help. Seeing her distress call, we stepped in, gave some advice as to how to proceed and arranged for a food shop to be delivered to his home so at least he had some food in the house. Hopefully, his ESA payments will begin soon and he will be receiving some money again.