Paul’s job involved heavy manual labour, and through this work he had developed various physical illnesses.
He found going to work an incredible struggle, until finally unable to cope, he was signed off sick. Being off sick meant a reduced income and he struggled to keep up with the bills coming in. His GP advised him he needed surgery.
Finally, the surgery date came through, but the hospital had major concerns about his health and his ability to withstand the much needed anaesthetic.
My operation was cancelled twice. I was so worried.
When Paul was referred to The Welcome Centre, he was receiving sick pay from work and had already applied for Universal Credit. However, the income he received each month, was considerably lower than his regular wage.
The Welcome Centre supported Paul with food and toiletry packs and with help
from our Advocacy, Guidance and Support service he applied for Discretionary Housing Payments.
These payments help me pay the shortfall in my rent so I don't get in to arrears.
Realising that it’s unlikely he’ll be able to return to work, he has applied for Personal Independence Payments. Hopefully with his extra money Paul will be able to continue living independently.
I am hopeful if the operation can go ahead in the future I will go back to work. But I’ll just have to wait and see.