Early Warning System

  • Emma


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  • Fiona


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    Fiona lives with her two sons aged 11 and 13 years old. She separated from her husband when her sons were little and has been a lone parent since.

  • Jamie


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    Jamie is married with six children and works 37.5 hours per week. His oldest two children still live at home, although Jamie receives no child benefit or child tax credits for them anymore. Jamie has four children still at school, two of whom are twins.

  • Janice


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  • Jennifer


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  • Liam


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    Liam is the lone parent of a nine year old son aged who came to live with him several years ago after he was removed from his mother's care. He has been receiving employment support allowance (ESA) for a number of years due to depression and mental health issues as well as mobility impairment. In late 2012, following a work capability assessment, his ESA was withdrawn for the first time.

  • Mary


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    Mary has a 17 year old son with extensive disabilities including learning disabilities and mental health issues. Until August 2014, Mary’s son had been at school and then took up a supported place at college.

  • Pauline


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    Pauline had been working continuously for 13 years as project worker with homeless young people. During this time she purchased her local authority home from the council. Then she was made redundant. Pauline spent the next 3 years applying for dozens of other jobs to no avail, though she managed to earn a little money in a self-employed capacity.

  • Rebecca


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    Rebecca is 21 years old and lives alone with her daughter who is 16 months old. Rebecca left home aged 17 and has lived on her own and looked after herself since then. All of Rebecca’s family live locally although she receives no support from them. Her mother has recently remarried, has her own young children to look after and her own financial struggles.

  • Sarah


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    Sarah is a single parent with one son aged 12 years old. She lives in privately rented accommodation.

    After her son was born Sarah did not work until she did an access course in 2011 and went on to university to study physics.