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TOPIC: Mentally ill man ‘forced to sleep on the streets’ after Universal Credit slashed

Mentally ill man ‘forced to sleep on the streets’ after Universal Credit slashed 05 Feb 2019 12:49 #13733

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He claims that a letter asking him to attend a Jobcentre appointment was sent to the wrong address.

A man who suffers from a range of mental health issues claims he has been “forced to sleep on the streets” after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) slashed his Universal Credit payments.

Shaun Precious, 44, has reportedly been claiming the new benefit, which is replacing a number of ‘legacy’ benefits as part of the UK Government’s sweeping welfare reforms, since 2017 and suffers with a number of mental health conditions including anxiety and depression.

Shaun says he didn’t receive letters demanding that he attend a Jobcentre appointment because they were sent to his late father’s address, which then resulted in his benefits being sanctioned by DWP officials.

Mr Precious says he has since attended a Jobcentre meeting in the hope that the DWP would reinstate his Universal Credit payments, but claims an advisor was left waiting on a call to the DWP for over an hour before her shift ended and the call was closed before reaching a solution.

Shaun told the Hull Daily Mail: “After being sanctioned through no fault of my own, I’ve not been paid since December 18, which has left me unable to pay my rent at my hostel, and has left me starving as I’ve got no money for food either.

“To try and fix the problem, I told the Jobcentre I’d only missed the meetings with them because they had sent the appointment letters to a house I don’t live at, so didn’t receive them, and I was told to come in to speak with one of their advisors to get my payment sorted for the next day.

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