Jul 26, 2018
Our agents approached us about a young family, the mother is 27, has two small children and is expecting her third. Her partner is an asylum seeker and his case was rejected late last year and he is waiting for an appeal. In the meantime, their local authority have refused to pay housing benefit because he is currently living with them, as he is the father of the children, and has nowhere to go and cannot receive any financial assistance whatsoever. Tax Credits have now suspended her payments as they are aware that her partner is living with her, so the whole family are existing on £34.40 per week, to cover all their food, bills, etc. Her baby is due at the end of this year and she is unable to work as she has a bad back, so she is unable to get a job to help them out, and he cannot work as he doesn't have a National Insurance number. She has been issued with a notice of intention to seek possession by her landlord over rent arrears. They have been given food vouchers to help them out, but even these are now running out. We agreed to send them £125 to keep them in food at least, and it will hopefully allow enough time to get this mess resolved and get the housing benefit back into payment.
Mar 29, 2018
This young mum is a 22 year old care leaver. She is currently pregnant and her baby is due in less than a couple of months. She has been offered a home at a supported living facility and has been successful in securing a grant to purchase some of the items she needs, such as a bed and a fridge. Other grants have helped with baby things, such as a cot, blankets, clothes, etc, but she still needs money for bedding, quilt and pillows. We agreed to send £100 to help her to be able to buy these things in readiness for her move.
Apr 9, 2017
We were approached about a young couple, she had lived her life in care, he had been brought up by his grandparents, they'd discovered she was pregnant and expecting their baby in the summer. He is working but on a zero hour contract, which is quite literally that sometimes. They are struggling to get anywhere with benefits and it was agreed they would be steered in the direction of working tax credits, although that is a minefield where zero hours contracts are concerned. She is not far enough along with the pregnancy yet to claim maternity benefits, but hopefully will be in a few weeks time.
A friend to the couple has been asking for donated baby clothes from whoever she thinks might have some to offer, and she has been able to source some nappies and also a crib, which she is buying for them second hand. They are literally choosing between paying their bills and eating, relying on foodbanks when they can. We agreed to send across £250 which they are going to use to do a big food shop and buy a pram for the baby when it arrives. Also as this is their first child they will be able to apply for a maternity grant to help with some purchases, and child tax credits and child benefit once the baby is born.