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£10,000 secured for disabled man left homeless in Tiverton

Date: 
7th February 2017

Citizens Advice help to secure over £10,000 for local man left homeless- after DWP failed to uphold tribunal success 

 

Despite winning a disability benefit Tribunal back in 2014, a local Tiverton man was left homeless after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), failed to pay the additional support he was entitled to. The client, who has multiple long term health conditions, has since lost his home due to financial difficulties and has been living in a caravan.

Thankfully he sought help from the local Charity, Citizens Advice, who fought to ensure he was provided the additional benefit to help support his daily living. DWP claimed they had no evidence of him winning his tribunal and the court kept no paperwork of cases older than six months. After several months of trying to get the DWP to pay the money owed, the charity contacted MP Neil Parish who wrote to DWP on behalf of the client.

Thanks to the work of Mr Parish and extensive involvement of Citizens Advice in Mid Devon, the client has now been awarded £5,500 of back pay from July 2013 and will be £29.05 a week better off for the next three years. Citizens Advice is continuing to work with the client to ensure his housing situation is resolved.

This is an example of the daily work undertaken by the Citizens Advice and if you have an issue you would like help resolving, they are here for you. Call them today on 03444 111 444 or pop into your local office for free, confidential advice and support.  All Mid Devon office locations and opening hours can be found at www.ruraldevoncab.org.uk/offices

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