This week we wanted to share some examples of what we do here at Citizens Advice.
We help improve people’s mental health
Alex came to Citizens Advice for help when they discovered an error with the benefit they were receiving. We looked into this and checked their eligibility for disability benefits. With our support, Alex was awarded over £4,000 — and an extra £84 per week.
“You’ve taken a lot of anxiety out of my life and I want to thank you very much for your help”. — Alex
You don’t have to face your problems alone
When Jazz first contacted us, they were in £6,000 of debt after a difficult divorce and finding it hard to cope. They had been told bankruptcy was their only option — but they didn’t feel like the debts were their responsibility. We helped Jazz contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and, to our delight, they won their battle, receiving a refund and — most importantly — peace of mind. They said that without our help, their mental health would have deteriorated further.
“They listened to me, supported me, and never let me face a complicated letter or phone call alone … I cannot thank you enough.” — Jazz
From tears of distress to tears of joy
Charlie, one of our advisers, recalls receiving a call from a woman in tears. Elise’s Universal Credit payment was so low that she couldn’t afford to make ends meet. Charlie managed to identify an error with how much money Elise was entitled to, and helped get in touch with the right department. She is now £800 better off each month (that’s £9,600 per year)!
In Charlie’s final call with Elise, she was in tears again… but this time tears of joy.
Homeless in March, housed in April
When Sam contacted us in March, they were homeless with no money. One of our advisers helped them claim Universal Credit, directed them to the council for help, and informed them about their rights to housing assistance. After just one month, the council managed to find a one-bedroom flat for Sam.
“If it wasn’t for the good work [you do] and right advice [you give] I would probably still be homeless now … From contacting [Citizens Advice] in March to having my own home by the end of April I never ever thought could be possible.” — Sam
We change lives for the better
When the type of disability benefit Arup received changed, this resulted in him losing out — despite suffering from a serious mental health condition. He turned to us for help. One of our advisers, Elizabeth, supported him through his appeal, offering advice and submitting evidence to the tribunal service on his behalf. Arup won the appeal and he was awarded an incredible £78,000!
“He is so pleased and grateful for the support he received from us!” — Elizabeth
So if you’re having doubts over whether or not we can help you, why not try us? It’s just a conversation but it could be the conversation that changes everything.
If you are struggling with your mental health, you’re not alone in this. ‘Mind’ can help you.
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