Jan 26, 2017
We were told of a couple, who'd recently had to move home after they had been subject to being stalked. Since moving, the wife had been fortunate enough to find work but the work was very intermittent. Her husband is disabled and unable to work, and because his wife is working he is unable to claim any out of work benefits to help them. Following the move of home they'd fallen into arrears with their rent. An agency are helping the husband apply for Personal Independence Payment, and would also see if it might be possible for them to apply for a discretionary housing payment (these though are very hard to be awarded, and looked at on a case by case basis by the local authority.) We agreed as a group to arrange for £100 to be sent to the couple to help relieve some of the worry regarding the arrears.
It is not just people that aren't working that are struggling financially, it is also those in employment, but where their hours of work are not regular enough for them to make any plans, rely on them or even meet their basic living requirements.
Jan 15, 2017
Our agent contacted us with an urgent case of a man currently in a homeless shelter. He has an injury which makes walking difficult, but even so was at risk of being evicted as he had a debt owing for rent from last May. He'd already had three warnings over this, and 28 days notice to quit. We agreed to cover the cost of this to prevent him being evicted out into the cold again, especially with an infected foot. The money was paid directly to our agent for safeguarding until the debt could be cleared early next week. The shelter were so impressed that we were able to step in and resolve this problem so quickly.