Fantastic!A story about how a bit of advice can go a long way….
We’ve been helping a family comprising mum and her 5 kids. Mum is very unwell and her main carer is just 15 years old. They’ve been struggling financially for a few reasons: mum is far too poorly to work, she has high costs for items she needs for her disability and the household is subject to a ‘benefit cap’ on the help they can receive. This rule mainly effects larger families, a group disproportionately represented in foodbank stats.
Mum came to us to make a claim for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This is a benefit intended to help with the extra costs of being disabled, for example paying for a carer or for medical supplies. This was successful.
This led to….
And increase in mum’s income support, making up a little for her ability to work because of her very poor health.
Receipt of PIP means the household will no longer be subject to the benefit cap. This means they can have full help with their rent, instead of the tiny £5 per week they previously received.
The overall consequence is that this family will be better off by around £275 per week. Mum can now pay for a carer so her children can concentrate on school. She will have more financial security and be able to maintain a stable home for her kids. She’ll be able to cover the costs of the medical supplies she needs for her complex health issues. The family will be less isolated and better able to contribute to the local economy.
Dealing with this case will ultimately cost around £80 in staff time. A tiny investment for a really huge difference ❤️❤️❤️
Fantastic effortWe recently introduced you to John, who planned to cycle 1000 miles during the 28 day lockdown to raise some funds for our children’s Christmas packs.
Despite having 10 days of the lockdown left, we’re excited to report that John hit his target yesterday (no wonder he needs that donut!) This included cycling 400 miles in the last week alone! Well done, John!
So far, John’s effort has raised £110 towards our Christmas packs. If there is anyone else who would like to pledge any money to sponsor him, please either drop us a message or comment below and we will arrange to collect the sponsorship from you.