Steve is an older gentleman in supported accommodation and poor mobility. He is seeking support for short term living costs. Steve is currently undergoing a mandatory reconsideration for his ESA and finds himself on the most basic level of benefits. He is struggling to make ends meet and pay his utility charges in his accommodation. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
A has two children aged 1 & 3. Her partner has left her without letting her know where he is or any financial support. She is using all her money to make sure the rent is paid as she lives in fear of getting evicted with the two little ones. As a result she has no money for the upcoming autumn/winter months to add to the gas or electricity meters and will have no heating or hot water. Being able to put money on the meters will take a huge pressure off her and give her time to sort her finances.
Victoria is a very helpful community volunteer, used to work but now looks after her sick mum. Now on ESA. She has had to move out of the house the family lives and needing help with transport now that she's moved far from her known neighbourhood where she has connections.
T has been living in poverty for years. She has just started working with CAP to help with her debts. Her cupboards are empty and any money she has she spends on her dogs. It is time to start filling her fridge with fresh food. She says she can't remember having food and is thankful to the local CAP Job Club for a hot meal once a week. T would be so thankful for this food shop.
Fred is 22 and is in assisted living accommodation. He has just returned to do his second year at college studying practical horticulture. He survives on a very small income and cannot afford heating. He really needs a warm, thick duvet on his bed to ensure he gets a good nights sleep so he is ready to study the next day.
D, a single mother with two teenage sons, both with learning difficulties, was made homeless because of rent arrears and offered temporary accommodation, but will have to move again soon. Her benefits are in confusion as her younger son refused to go to school so his benefits were stopped. Although he has now gone back to school, D has benefit arrears owing her so she is struggling with the cost of the move and other expenses. Her current benefits barely cover the familly's food and heating.