• Having to choose December 11, 2019 - Requests for our help keep coming in as the colder weather is upon us. Families struggling to choose, do they stay warm or have food to eat? It is that tough a decision. We have had to tighten our own belt as we find ourselves having to decide is this need desperate or is it… Continue Reading
  • Growing up poor, life for children on Universal Credit December 4, 2019 - This week there was a programme on Channel 4, Dispatches, Growing up poor: Britain's Breadline Kids. This programme offered a view of the world that we at The Biscuit Fund see on a regular basis, of families struggling to put food onto the table or to be able to put the heating on without thinking.… Continue Reading
  • Having to choose between staying warm or having food to eat November 23, 2019 - As the weather gets colder, it is becoming difficult for some to stay on top of rising energy costs, so this week we have seen a number of cases come to us where Universal Credit hasn't been able to stretch to topping up the energy meters. It just takes an unexpected expense and suddenly it's… Continue Reading
  • Things are getting tough as the days and nights get colder November 12, 2019 - Things here at the Biscuit Fund have been quite tough just lately. The demand for assistance from us has more than doubled, much more than that even. The cases we used to receive in a week, we are now receiving more of in a single day. The nights are drawing in and it is much… Continue Reading
  • Mother and children in the cold and dark November 1, 2019 - Among the many cases we dealt with this week, one stood out that we'd like to share with you. This is an example of a typical situation that many are facing up and down the UK. A post was spotted on social media by one of our members, where the question was asked about deductions… Continue Reading
  • There are kind people out there! October 30, 2019 - It has been a very busy week for us again and our funds are being hit quite hard. That said, we have managed to help quite a few people this week and the following are just a few of the cases we've seen. By the way, if you could share our blog, we would be… Continue Reading
  • Evictions, sanctions and domestic violence October 26, 2019 - We helped a lady who through no fault of her own was evicted from her privately rented accommodation. She had to move at short notice and had costs that she was unprepared for, so had to take out advances which she is now paying back via deductions from her Universal Credit. This is leaving her… Continue Reading
  • Trying to exist on £41 per week October 21, 2019 - We were contacted urgently by one of our agents because she'd just made a house call to a client to find him dressed, wearing two coats and wrapped in a quilt because he couldn't afford to put his heating on. At the moment he is trying to exist on £41 per week benefits, which is… Continue Reading
  • A few of our many cases October 19, 2019 - We sent a small amount to a lady who was admitted urgently to a refuge for her safety. She was allowed to bring her small dog but had no money with her at all. Our agents are going to be helping her to apply for benefits, but she was without money for a change of… Continue Reading
  • Just a few from the past three days! October 11, 2019 - We sent some money to a young mum and her baby after they'd had to flee their family home following domestic abuse. She stayed briefly with her parents but the abuser followed her there and ended up causing damage to the home. The local domestic violence team are supporting her into moving to her own… Continue Reading
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