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Woman battling alcohol issues faces eviction

Our agent contacted us about a woman who frustrated with the lack of support in her area took it upon herself to fight her alcohol addiction.  Doing this on her own meant that she missed an appointment with the Job Centre so they sanctioned her.  This meant that her rent and council tax support also stopped being paid, the result of which is that she now faces eviction due to arrears of £320.  As she was so ill due to the alcohol detoxing she was unable to seek support until now.  Our agent has intervened on her behalf and sought assurance that if £200 could be raised would she be certain of being able to remain in her home.  They will try to get some help with the rest from the council as it should have been possible for her to submit a nil income form to the council and have her rent and council tax covered, which would have prevented the arrears.  We agreed to send over the money needed to allow her to keep her home.  We didn't want to have her back out on the streets again, where it would be highly likely she'd be tempted by alcohol again, given how hard she has worked so far to get herself off it.

Tags : Alcoholaddition eviction homelessness homelessfemale rentarrears rentandcounciltax nilincomeforms JSA Benefits DWP

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