M lives alone having separated from her partner 12 months ago. She suffers with depression and other health issues and is unfit for work. She receives Universal Credit and is normally able to manage on the money which she receives, but this month her cooker has broken and she has had to buy a new one. This has used up all the money she had left for this month and she has 2 weeks to go to her next benefits payment. She is running out of food, gas and electricity and would be very grateful for help to tide her over until then.
D has 2 young children and recently moved into her own flat after spending time living in a women’s refuge. Her benefits are being changed to Universal Credit and the delay in receiving her first payment has meant that she has run out of money. She would appreciate help with food and energy costs but she is also in need of a smartphone as she currently has no internet access and is unable to monitor her Universal Credit account. If she cannot access her account online this could lead to further delays in payment and further hardship.
Very urgent request. M is working as a support worker. He was rushed to hospital on 22nd December due to an infection and underwent surgery on 27th December. He is now recovering at home but is unable to work. He is receiving Statutory Sick Pay of £95 per week. This barely covers his rent. He is struggling to afford food and bills. He has made a claim for Universal Credit but must wait 5 weeks for his first payment. Any help would be greatly appreciated.