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Universal Credit Headache!

Our client is a single man who has been street homeless for quite some time.  He was living in a tent during the winter, but having developed a chronic cough was ordered to stay with friends temporarily while he recovered.  Once the weather improved he moved back towards "home" and stayed with other friends for a nominal sum of money, but now every penny he had has been used up so he is faced with having to navigate the Universal Credit system which seems to cause more headaches than it offers solutions.  While he waits for his first payment which could be another few weeks we agreed to send across £75 to allow him to top up his meters and buy some food.

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Hospital Accommodation

We were made aware of a Mum who has been staying in the accommodation made available to parents when they have a child in the hospital.  This Mum, her daughter had had an accident and to date she has been through seven operations on her leg, and they are hoping she will be able to leave hospital this Friday, after her operation taking place today.  As the daughter has been getting very depressed with all this going on, her Mum has been staying overnight at the hospital but has to pay £15 per night to do this.  She has had so much time off work they are no longer able to pay her, and she has sold everything she can to raise money to pay for this accommodation.  We agreed to pay the accommodation up to the Thursday night and send across some extra funds so that they are able to buy some food for when they return home.

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Young 17 year old woman suddenly finds herself homeless

We were made aware of a young woman who due to unfortunate circumstances with her parents, suddenly found herself homeless.  Fortunately some friends have taken her in temporarily to keep her off the streets, but they are unable to feed her as they are on a very tight budget, and she has no money at all to buy any food herself.  We agreed that we would send across a small sum of money to tide her over while the local authority considers what will happen with her as she is still considered a minor.  Our representative was going to meet up with her and take her food shopping and help her get that to her temporary home.  

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All move for a family of eight!

We were approached about a desperate situation, a family with six children (possilby a blended family) that had been evicted from their home and made homeless.  They'd been temporarily housed in a tiny flat up on the 14th floor of a high rise block of flats, and had  been supported in that move of home by the council.  Now though they've been offered more suitable and long term housing, in a first floor flat big enough for their needs.  This is brilliant but they had no way to move their larger items of furniture, in fact, they've been relying on foodbanks for food for the eight of them as they are applying fr Universal Credit and there is a huge waiting period until any money is received.  We sent across £250, £100 of which to help with the moving costs, the rest for food for them all.

We received an email on behalf of them, they said :  Thank you so much that is amazing! 6 children and 2 very grateful parents say a massive thank you to all at the biscuit fund I hope their luck is finally changing.

Then this update:  The family are now moving as we speak I haven't seen the mother smile since I first met the family until today it's so nice to know there are people who care when all appears so hopeless.

We sincerely at The Biscuit Fund hope that their luck will be changing for the better.

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Stranded without financial support

We were approached about a man in his 50s, with complex mental health issues.  He lives in a caravan in quite a remote area, not easily able to access public transport.  His van needs gas bottles to provide fuel for the heating and for cooking.  He had no money to pay for this, nor for electricity, food or fuel for his motorbike he uses to get into town.  We agreed to send across £150 to allow him to purchase a bottle of gas (£52), to put some money on to his electricity meter and buy some food.  He is being supported to get his application for Personal Independence Payment put through again, as he lost his award of PIP when he failed the transition from Disability Living Allowance.

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No clothes, no shoes!

A homeless charity were supporting a young girl who had no spare clothing, nor spare shoes.  They desperately needed size 6 clothes and size 4 shoes.  We got in touch with them to see if we could help, who responded by saying they'd had some clothes and shoes donated to give to her.  They had secured accommodation for her, donated plenty of food and assisted with applying for benefits.  They asked if we could possibly send a small amount of money instead to tider her over until her first benefit payment could be made.  So we sent £50 today for them to pass on to her.

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Fridge Fiasco!

We were made aware of a man who volunteers in his local area with an organisation that helps the less fortunate.  He'd discovered  his fridge had blown and all his food had gone off.  It was a second hand fridge anyhow that had been given to him by a friend, and had lasted well.   He'd been offered a replacement fridge, which the organisation he volunteers for was going to arrange to get PAT tested for him, but he had no money to buy any food until his benefits payments were due to be paid next Tuesday.  We agreed to send across a sum of £30 so that he could replace the food he'd lost and refill his fridge.

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Sending a little hope

We became aware of a man in his late 50s who had been forced to leave his previous job as a carer as his health was so poor, with a long list of physical ailments.  He applied for ESA but was unsuccessful and forced into claiming Job Seekers instead.  He is keen to try to find some employment as he feels this will help improve his mental health, but trying to get back into employmentt means interviews and suitable clothing.  We made them aware of the flexible fund which is set up for purposes such as this.  As we began to find out more about this man we realised that life had dealt him many unfortunate blows.  It was decided that the fund should send him £50 as an exercise in hope.  When you are struggling so much, just to survive, finding any spare money to even buy a shirt becomes nigh on impossible, so hopefully this will allow him to see that there are people that do care.

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Kicked off ESA

An urgent case came to our attention.  A man who, for half of his life had been a below the knee amputee, with heath complications connected to this.  Despite letting the DWP know he wouldn't be able to attend a work capability assessment, they stopped his Employment Support Allowance claim, which left him with no money, and the knock on of this was his housing benefit and council tax relief claims also stopped.  

With two children under 10 to feed and no money, he was trying to see if he could return his motability vehicle so he could have at least the money that went to pay that, for food instead.  Doing this though would mean he couldn't get around so well, and would struggle to get the children to school.

His gas and electric were on prepayment meters, so there were no debts associated with them, however there was nothing on the gas card, so they were without hot water.  As all this had happened with such short notice he was unable to prepare for it financially, so the bank were returning direct debit payments and debiting his account with bank charges instead.  Although as it is such a hand to mouth existance, it is almost impossible to have any sort of a financial buffer to deal with these kind of emergencies.  So we sent over £200 to buy food, put money on to the gas card and fuel in the car.  He was so grateful, and insisted that when he was able to, he hoped to pay the money back to the fund so that it can be used to help someone else.

 

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ESA Claim Complications

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.

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Working, but on a zero hours contract

This young man had managed to secure employment but it was a zero hours contract.  Added to that because he had started work in the middle of the month he was going to be without any money for six weeks.  He didn't have any money to catch a bus to work and was walking the several miles there and back each day.  Estranged from his partner he couldn't have his young daughter to visit as he was unable to feed her when she visited as he didn't have any food to feed himself or give her.  We agreed a sum of £150 to help him and to hopefully keep his head above water until he could be paid.

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Young mum and baby helped

We were alerted to a young mum who had posted that after her bills had been paid she had only £15 to last her a whole month for food for her and her six month old baby, and there were health restrictions with diet.  We sent over a sum of money to tide her over so that she could get some extra help in place to help her with budgeting and sorting out her rent and council tax.  She was very relieved for the assistance.

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