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Hi Son's on enhanced PIP. 23 yrs old. I am on Carers allowance. We are claiming Housing Benefit, Council tax benefits. Council have sent a letter today saying they are now taking £15.40 a week off HB (£3.40 council tax) because he has PIP coming in and unless I claim ESA for him as well (passported benefit?) never heard of it before. they will continue to now take this extra money from my benefits every week unless he claims ESA as well. Has to have a 'sick note' from doc's to say if he's fit for work. Already gone thru ATOS PIP assessment.
I was told by advisor at council benefits dept that when he's 25 they will count his PIP as income and take lowest amount from me. (was £13.50 in May)
Told that info was wrong? This blokes paid by council to advise people on benefits. It's all started as I suddenly got a pension pot and two small pensions in Dec.
Anyone know if this is right?
Hi thanks for all of your advice. My son is 23 yrs old, HB advisor said when he's 25 they will start deducting income from pip at the lowest rate. They've backdated the money he 'should' be paying back to feb and now I've got overpayments on HB and C Tax to pay and my payments towards rent and c Tax have increased.
I only got two pensions at 60 yrs old, £30 (which wiped out the income support I got each week) and £32 a week which is above what I got before. Now I'm paying £79 C Tax a month. Besides the pension pot (which I worked hard to put into, they are also taking £27 a week tariff income off that as well) I was full time working and looking after my other older son for years! I'm now nearly £175 a month down on what actual money I had before at the end of the month.
The pension pot will be used each week/month now to pay the rent and c tax, so it won't be long before the council will have to recalculate my change of circumstances when the capital has been used on rent and other essentials, like a new mattress, which was badly needed and could not be bought before I had the pension pot.
I know I'm fortunate to have a pension pot, but its been a poisoned chalice, the councils coming up with new reasons to get their hands on it.
It's hard work looking after an autistic adult and the authorities are making it harder and harder to survive. How much is it to look after someone like my son in a home or sheltered housing? I bet I'm cheaper and better for him?
I've been recovering from a broken leg since March so this has been a real kick in the guts and extremely stressful to cope with, who looks after me?
I will see the CAB next week and put in an appeal to the council to see exactly where they get this info on PIP, I cannot find a clause anywhere about taking it as income.
Hi Thanks for your advice.
It made me mad that one employee told me he would not be counted until he was 25, then a week later a letter arrives saying they are taking £15.25 a week and £3,20 a week from his pip from my benefits.
Apart from using my pension pot up to cover the shortfall, I have not way of replacing this money, unless I live on bowls of rice, instead of buying proper food.
I will be contacting CAB to confirm this. I cannot find anything online that says its right or wrong to take it.