IMPORTANT FINANCE UPDATE: Funds running critically low (and a reminder of why we’re here)
AS OF MID-FEBRUARY 2017 our funds are running critically low.
By the end of the month it is likely that we will have to reduce our maximum grants from £200 to £100, restricted to no more than two grants per month.
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In January this year we registered 5 Quid for Life with Turn2us, a national charity that helps people in financial hardship to gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services. Since then we have been fielding 20 or more enquiries per week, of which around 1 in 4 are leading to grants being made.
In January we issued grants that totaled £1,600.00 (8 beneficiaries). This month we have issued grants totaling £1,535.00 (8 beneficiaries) and we have a number of applications for help in progress. We have been able to issue these grants thanks to reserves accumulated over several years, but those reserves are now rapidly diminishing.
Our regular income from a small group of dedicated supporters now stands at £120.00 per month: the current level of grants being awarded simply cannot be sustained unless we see a substantial increase in support.
If you can’t help directly yourself, please spread the word via social media or simply by telling a friend. The demand is relentless and the need is raw as vulnerable people find themselves stripped of support by the DWP’s harsh and heartless sanctions regime.
A Reminder of Why We’re Here…
We’re here to save lives, lives that have been put at risk by the DWP’s ongoing failure to acknowledge the debilitating effect of mental health difficulties. All around the UK, vulnerable people with serious mental health problems are struggling to make ends meet—to put food on the table, to afford heat and lighting, to pay their rent, to keep a roof over their heads—because the DWP is imposing benefits sanctions despite clear medical evidence that shows these people would not be capable of holding down a job.
This withdrawal of support by the DWP drives people into even deeper despair: rather than incentivising them to find work, it renders them even less capable of work. Yet the DWP keep on applying their punitive sanctions, preferring to believe their own Work Capability Assessments rather than the evidence provided by GPs and mental health caseworkers who know their patients.
Here at 5 Quid for Life we hold copies of this correspondence: on the one hand, GP’s letters explaining people’s mental health difficulties, and on the other, DWP communications telling these self-same people that they “do not have a Limited Capability for Work” and are therefore no longer entitled to benefits.
Once again, then: please help, in whatever way you can, by giving, by sharing, by writing to your MP or direct to the DWP—but please, whatever else you do, do not walk by on the other side.