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Loosing my Housing accommodation, PIP and LCWRA UC

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SmoothyII
SmoothyII Community member Posts: 7 Listener
edited July 11 in Universal Credit (UC)

Hello Adrian,

Thank you for your recent email. It's always good to feel that there is someone out there!

Sorry to bother you, I wonder if someone can help me.

I am a 60 year old separated man.

I am receiving UC and enhanced PIP payment due to chronic depression, bipolar and socialanxiety. I have been receiving this payment for over a year.

I am currently living with friends. However, they have just told me that they are probably going to move soon. They are downsizing due to high rents in the area. Their new house may not be big enough for me to join them.

So I may be homeless soon or at best sofa surfing at other friends?

If I move out from my current area in London to another borough of London or another city in the UK how will that impact my payments?

I am on the electoral register for my current address. Do I have to notify them if I move?

Do I have to notify UC and PIP?

If so, what will happen?

Will they stop or reduce my payments?

This is a very stressful time for me. I am not thinking straight and this is greatly affecting my moods.

What are my options?

Please let me know if this is the right thread for me, or should I post on another one?

Is this conversation confidential?

Thank you in advance,

SmoothyII.

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  • Rachel_Scope
    Rachel_Scope Posts: 191 Pioneering
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    Hi @SmoothyII,

    I've just moved this to the UC category where you may be able to get more support.

    Your posts are available for everyone to see, however, your username gives you anonymity. Just remember not to use your real name or any other identifying information 😊

    Rachel (she/her)

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

  • SmoothyII
    SmoothyII Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    Thank you Rachel,

    Much appreciated!

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,016 Disability Gamechanger
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    If you move house then yes just a change of address is needed for both UC and PIP. First thing you should do is to put your name down on the social/council housing list, if that's possible. You will find more details here. https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-council-housing There will likely be criteria that you need to meet for that, such as living in your area for X amount of years or having a local connection to that area through family. However, even with your name on the list it could still be years before you're offered a property, especially if you're a single person.

    Other than that there's privately rented landlords but this isn't an easy process because a lot of landlords will refuse those claiming benefits. If you're lucky to find one then they may ask for a guarantor.

    Failing that you could also speak to shelter who may have other information they could give you.

    https://www.shelter.org.uk

    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.
  • SmoothyII
    SmoothyII Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    Thank you Poppy!

    I have tried all your options, but to no avail, as you said. I know I won't survive in a shelter, that's just not an option for me in my mental condition.

    If I become of no fixed abode, (sofa surfing) will that affect my payments?

    What will happen to me if I don't tell UC/PIP I no longer live at my current address?

    Thank you so much for your help!

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,016 Disability Gamechanger
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    When I advised to contact shelter, these are an advice agency for homeless people. It's not a place to live. Please have a look at the link I posted.

    You can continue your benefits with no fixed abode. If you're currently claiming for help with the rent then this would end, if you have no liability to pay 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.
  • SmoothyII
    SmoothyII Community member Posts: 7 Listener
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    Thanks again, Poppy.

    Do I have to notify UC/PIP if I am of no fixed abode?

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,016 Disability Gamechanger
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    You're welcome. You need to give a contact address just incase PIP contact you by letter. If you're claiming for help with the rent at the moment then yes you will need to tell UC.

    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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