Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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Hi, my name is kirsty11111!

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kirsty11111
kirsty11111 Community member Posts: 1 Listener

hi i am on uc and havnt recieved my 1st payment yet but i got keys to a house on 17th may and have no furniture or electrical appliances i am currently 23 weeks pregnant and am stuggling to get by as i have a very low income once my uc comes in is there anyone that could help i have also applied for a descrisonary grant but have to wait for 30 days on a reply /decision this is my 1st home and i dont know what to do

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,055 Disability Gamechanger
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    Is the grant you applied for from your local Authority? If not then you can try asking them to see if there's any help they can give. There\s some inform

    If you're entitled to UC then 11 weeks before the baby is due you can apply for a Sure Start Maternity Grant. It's £500 and will help you to buy some things for the baby. https://www.gov.uk/sure-start-maternity-grant/eligibility

    There's also some information here. https://www.turn2us.org.uk/campaigns-and-research/campaigns/livingwithoutcampaign/where-to-get-help

    You should also check Facebook and gumtree in your local area because very often people give things away or sell for very cheap.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 3,158 Scope online community team
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    Hi @kirsty11111, welcome to our community 😊 Poppy makes some very good suggestions. Local authorities often have grants to help those who need furniture and appliances.

    You can also find second-hand appliances more cheaply in re-use organisations. You can search for nearby ones here.

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