Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


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charlie79
charlie79 Community member Posts: 258 Pioneering
I HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS HOMELESS (SOFA SURFING) WHO IS CLAIMING UNIVERSAL CREDIT.THEY WAS USING A FRIENDS ADRESS AS A C/O ADDRESS TO RECEIVE THERE MAIL. UNFORTUNATELY THERE FRIEND HAS NOTIFIED THEM TODAY AND ADVISED THEM TO FIND ANOTHER ADDRESS TO HAVE THERE MAIL SENT TO. WHAT ARE MY FRIENDS OPTIONS.....?

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,110 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi,

    Family or another friend maybe?
    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.
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Community member Posts: 5,209 Disability Gamechanger
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    Is there a reason why you cannot be a good samaritan ?
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • thespiceman
    thespiceman Community member Posts: 6,379 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @charlie79 Pleased to meet you .

     Your friend could open a Post Office Box. .  You might have to speak to The Post Office to set one up.

    Might be a charge.

    Then all the mail will be sent to the Post Box.  The friend could then collect this.  Will have to have proof of ID . To collect.

    Hope that helps.

    As for your friend homeless situation has your friend contacted Shelter.

    Spoken to CAB or housing officer local council.

    Shelter line

    0808 800 4444

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman

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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 11,386 Scope online community team
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    Hi @charlie79, it's advised that your friend goes to the job centre and discusses this with them. They will allow him to use the job centre as his 'care of' address. They may then also refer them for housing support etc too. 
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  • BenefitsTrainingCo
    BenefitsTrainingCo Community member Posts: 2,621 Pioneering
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    charlie79charlie79

    I agree with Adrian. The DWP have lots of useful guidance about how they can help homeless claimants on UC. If your friend explains the circumstances to JC+, then they should be able to help. Receiving post may not be vital for UC in any case - it depends on whether your friend has made an online claim - but the Jobcentre can suggest what to do.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-and-homeless-people/applying-for-universal-credit-information-for-homeless-people

    Will
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  • siobhan1
    siobhan1 Community member Posts: 79 Pioneering
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    DWP will put their address as C/O their local job centre and their permanent address as NFA (no fixed abode). They will get adult rate UC but not housing costs.
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