Remaining politically neutral during General Election 2024


Under guidance from the Electoral Commission and Charity Commission, it's important that Scope remains politically neutral during General Elections.

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bluegreen
bluegreen Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi I am on pip higher rate and use the housing element of UC to pay rent. I am looking to live in a houseshare and I need to know what my budget it. I live in the borough of Lewisham and have used calculators to estimate what housing benefits I would be entitled to, it says the maximum is 1000 or 1100 depending on which bedroom rate I'm entitled to. How can I know this for sure? I'm under 35 but it says that *some* people are entitled to the higher rate if they're disabled. I don't require an extra bedroom for overnight care. Please let me know if you can help/need more info! Thanks 

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  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 11,381 Scope online community team
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    Good afternoon @bluegreen and welcome to the community. :)

    Typically those on a single claim under 35 are entitled to the 'shared room' rate. However as you are receiving PIP you should be entitled to the 1 bedroom rate. 
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,135 Disability Gamechanger
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     However as you are receiving PIP you should be entitled to the 1 bedroom rate. 
    For the avoidance of doubt here, entitlement to 1 bedroom rate would only be possible if their PIP includes daily living part. Bluegreen only mentions higher rate PIP so could mean just mobility part. 

    @bluegreen you can check the LHA rates here https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/ Please note that it will give you the weekly figures. As you're claiming UC this is a monthly benefit so you will need to convert it to a monthly figure by multiplying by 52 and then divide by 12. 
    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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