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lana44
lana44 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi, my name is Lana. I have been in receipt of pip (both enhanced components) and support group ESA but life seems to be getting tough for me and one of my friend has agreed to move in with me to look after me at nights. Im just worried as i dont want to lose any of my benefits, is there something i need to do ? Am i entitled my friend moving in with me ? I would need to apply for ‘extra bedroom tax’ via housing benefit but just worried i could lose my money :( my friend is not on in receipt of any benefits and not registered as my carer. Please help! He has not moved in yet.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,210 Disability Gamechanger
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    Does your ESA include the Severe Disability Premium? (SDP) £76.40/week. If so then you will lose this if your friend moves in.

    Are you living in privately rented or social housing?
    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.
  • lana44
    lana44 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
    edited May 2023
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    Yes i am in receipt of SDP too. At the moment im in temporary accomodation from council but they are trying to force me out. Offered me somewhere private really far but i rejected the offer as i would not get any help there and now face being homeless :( i am under 35 so i only qualify for ‘shared accommodation’ housing benefit rate even though i claim pip? Its confusing as i thought i am entitled to more being on pip
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,210 Disability Gamechanger
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    If the temporary occomodation is social housing and not privately rented then the LHA rules should apply anyway. Shared rate applies to privately rented properties. If you have no spare bedrooms then you should be entitled to full housing benefit.

    If you move out to a different local Authority then you'll need to claim Universal Credit if you need help with any rent.
    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.
  • lana44
    lana44 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Should i be in receipt of a housing benefit premium if i was to move into private housing with in the borough? My council is being funny with me and not telling me straight
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,210 Disability Gamechanger
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    If you lived in privately rented property then you'll be entitled to the 1 bedroom rate of LHA because your PIP includes the daily living.

    If you live in a shared accommodation with others then you'll only be entitled to the shared rate, even with a PIP daily living award. Housing benefit rules are not a generous as housing element of UC for shared accommodation.

    If you remain with the same local Authority (council) then you can remain on your existing benefits.
    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.
  • lana44
    lana44 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
    edited May 2023
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    Does housing benefit stop supporting you if you are on enhanced pip? My local borough have told me if i move to private housing within the borough i wont be able to claim housing benefit anymore and will have to switch to UC. Im confused. Why would they say they i cant claim housing benefit when it clearly states on their website i would be entitled the one bedroom rate if i was on pip? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,210 Disability Gamechanger
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    lana44 said:
    Does housing benefit stop supporting you if you are on enhanced pip? My local borough have told me if i move to private housing within the borough i wont be able to claim housing benefit anymore and will have to switch to UC. Im confused. Why would they say they i cant claim housing benefit when it clearly states on their website i would be entitled the one bedroom rate if i was on pip? 

    If you move to the same local Authority (Council) then you will not need to claim UC and you can remain on your current benefits.

    If you move to a different local Authority then you will need to claim UC for help with any rent. This will then end and Income Related benefits you maybe claim, such as Tax Credits. Income Related ESA/JSA and Income Support will end 2 weeks after you claim UC.

    PIP isn't affected.
    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.
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