R is a single mum claiming Job Seeker's Allowance, Child Tax Credits and Child Benefit, she works as a supply teacher but now as it's the summer holidays and due to the pandemic she has not had much work over the last couple of years. She needs help with a school uniform for her son, she has been able to get some hand me downs from friends whose children have outgrown their old clothes but she still has a large amount she can't afford to get herself. The school is very strict on uniform and little help is available.
C is a single mother of two children living in rented accommodation and currently working part time claiming Universal Credit and Child Benefit. C is on a low income wage and has only recently returned to work due to the pandemic. She is not getting the hours needed to maintain her household and afford to buy new school uniforms for the kids. She also hasn't been able to save up due to not being able to work over the last several months, mainly due to the pandemic but also due to completing a university degree.
N is a single mother with 2 dependent children living in rented accommodation. They recently started trading on a self-employed basis claiming Universal Credit and Child Benefit. N came to the UK 12 years ago and has right to remain, although she has to pay fees currently to the home office to renew her visa so that she can remain in the UK, and this is eating up all her money. Her children start school in September and she needs help with their uniform for this year, the school is very strict for the uniform and she is struggling to afford this.
The family consists of four young children aged under 10, the children currently have PTSD due to an ongoing court case. As well as these current difficulties the family are on a very low income due to physical and mental health conditions preventing the family from working. The family are requesting help with purchasing school uniform for the four children for the next academic year.
S is a single mother of two dependent children, she is currently claiming Universal Credit and Child Benefit. S receives no help from the child's dad for looking after the children and with only benefits to rely on she is unable to pay for one off expenses such as school uniforms. This year she has not been able to save anything as the children have been out of school due to the pandemic which has increased her monthly costs for them being in the house all the time.