Hastings Advice and Representation Centre

FREE EXPERT BENEFITS ADVICE

HEADLINE FACTS

  • In the year to April 2023 18,869 people contacted HARC.
  • We secured £6,580,648 in previously unclaimed, enhanced or reinstated benefits of which £6,159,860 was obtained for people with long term health issues.
  • HARC has a 94% success rate at appeal.

HEADLINE FACTS

  • In the year to April 2023 18,869 people contacted HARC.
  • We secured £6,580,648 in previously unclaimed, enhanced or reinstated benefits of which £6,159,860 was obtained for people with long term health issues.
  • HARC has a 94% success rate at appeal.

HEADLINE FACTS

  • In the year to April 2023 18,869 people contacted HARC.
  • We secured £6,580,648 in previously unclaimed, enhanced or reinstated benefits of which £6,159,860 was obtained for people with long term health issues.
  • HARC has a 94% success rate at appeal.

DOCUMENTS & REPORTS

HARC Client 2023

“HARC has been a god send and literally saved my life. Without their help with benefits, I would have lost my home, and my fragile mental health would have collapsed. Just knowing that they are always on the end of the phone is a huge comfort and helps me manage my mental health. I would not be on this planet if they hadn’t been there for me.” 

HARC Client 2023

“HARC enabled me to get my medical diagnosis and took the pressure off doing the appeal process so I could concentrate on my health. After a significant medical issue this was extremely helpful. Without HARCs support I would have been unable to appeal. I couldn’t have done it without them. I would have had to sell my flat it would have been major. Getting PIP meant I could stay in my home.”

Illustration by Esther Springett 2023 Independent Client Survey

9% of people said that they would have been dead without support from
HARC

HARC Client 2023

 “It is so hard to get the benefits you are entitled to without HARC – it shouldn’t be this way”.

HARC Client 2023

“I would have given up if it hadn’t been for HARC. I have long covid and am housebound. I have never received benefits before and didn’t understand the benefits system or know what I was entitled to or how to go about claiming. I was so scared. It was so frightening. My health was really bad, and I had trouble comprehending what was being asked of me. I suffered with anxiety and depression. It was a very stressful time. You don’t get told what you are entitled to and without someone telling you, how do you know what you can claim? Without the support of HARC I would have given up. I was using food banks and was afraid to turn the heating on. Having support from HARC was like having a massive weight lifted. Without their support I would have had to sell my house and could have ended up homeless.  I felt ashamed at first. I have never been in debt and have never claimed benefits, but they were so understanding, and I didn’t feel degraded.”

HARC Client 2023

“HARC has been a god send and literally saved my life. Without their help with benefits, I would have lost my home, and my fragile mental health would have collapsed. Just knowing that they are always on the end of the phone is a huge comfort and helps me manage my mental health. I would not be on this planet if they hadn’t been there for me.” 

 

HARC Client 2023
“It is so hard to get the benefits you are entitled to without HARC – it shouldn’t be this way”.
 
HARC Client 2023 
“HARC enabled me to get my medical diagnosis and took the pressure off doing the appeal process so I could concentrate on my health. After a significant medical issue this was extremely helpful. Without HARCs support I would have been unable to appeal. I couldn’t have done it without them. I would have had to sell my flat it would have been major. Getting PIP meant I could stay in my home.”