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UC housing underpayment?

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pinecones
pinecones Community member Posts: 2 Listener

Hi, I've been on UC since I moved over from ESA late 2017. I'm also on high rate PIP for both elements, and have been since then + UC were made aware of it. I also have had LCWRA this entire time too, as well as a carer element.

We moved to our 2 bedroom flat in early 2018. The rent is £600. It says on our statements that we can only be given £450 due to LHA - it has said this since 2018 also.

I clocked a few weeks ago that the £450 has never changed. I then researched the LHA - it's around £450 for a 1 bedroom, but for a 2 bedroom it's around £600.

Surely we should have been paid the LHA for 2 bedrooms, not 1, over the last 5-6 years? Or am I incorrect here?

If anyone can advise me on this, and also advise me on how to approach this matter, I would seriously appreciate this.

I move in a week, so this is giving me extra stress at the moment.

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  • Kimmy87
    Kimmy87 Community member Posts: 316 Pioneering
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  • rubin16
    rubin16 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 563 Pioneering
    edited March 17
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    I don't know how housing benefit works, but i'm on UC LCWRA and in a 1 bedroom flat and my rent is £600 per month, and this gets fully paid by UC.


    I have Autism, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Gilberts Syndrome and Crohn's Disease and have knowledge in these areas.


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,298 Disability Gamechanger
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    pinecones said:

    We moved to our 2 bedroom flat in early 2018. The rent is £600. It says on our statements that we can only be given £450 due to LHA - it has said this since 2018 also.


    I'm assuming that "we" is your partner? If you have no one else living with you then 1 bedroom is correct. You can check the LHA rates here.https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/

    The link above mentions an extra bedroom for overnight care. It's also possible to claim an extra bedroom if you can't share a room with your partner. More information here. https://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/calculating-your-bedroom-entitlement
    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.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,298 Disability Gamechanger
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    rubin16 said:
    I don't know how housing benefit works, but i'm on UC LCWRA and in a 1 bedroom flat and my rent is £600 per month, and this gets fully paid by UC.


    Pinecones is also claiming UC which includes housing element. Housing benefit has very similar rules to housing benefit, though there are some differences, for example non dependent deductions are different for both of them. 

    You are very lucky that your housing element covers the majority of your rent. The majority of people have a shortfall of rent when renting from a private landlord. 
    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.
  • pinecones
    pinecones Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    pinecones said:

    We moved to our 2 bedroom flat in early 2018. The rent is £600. It says on our statements that we can only be given £450 due to LHA - it has said this since 2018 also.


    I'm assuming that "we" is your partner? If you have no one else living with you then 1 bedroom is correct. You can check the LHA rates here.https://lha-direct.voa.gov.uk/

    The link above mentions an extra bedroom for overnight care. It's also possible to claim an extra bedroom if you can't share a room with your partner. More information here. https://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/calculating-your-bedroom-entitlement
    Yes, I've always had a joint claim with my husband. We've always had the carer element as well as LWCRA on the claim

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