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SDP - what a mess - please help :(
Hi, so this is going to be quite long, but if you can bear with me, I'd be ever so grateful for some help.
So, I went to the CAB for some budgeting advice earlier this year, and while there they advised me that I should be entitled to SDP. I do live with another adult, but she it's not classed as living with a non-dependant as I am a lodger.
I applied and finally have had a decision... they have refused on the basis that I live with my foster carer...
My current landlord has been someone who has also cared for me since I was about 15. The caring is very limited now as i have separate carers so she just steps in if required. She is in no way related to me, and we never had any kind of fostering arrangement even when I was agreement teen.
My CPN applied for my original benefits (in 2010) and she put on them that she was my 'foster carer' - which was untrue but I guess to her it she didn't know what else to write.
Due to it never being a foster placement, nor any relative, I have always lived under 'lodging' rules - certain parts of the house is shared/got my own room/set amount of rent/tenancy agreement etc.
However, DWP are now saying that as I live with my foster carer, I am unable to get SDP.
Can I apply for an MR? If so, how do I prove/what do i send as evidence that I never was fostered? I am almost 30, so even if I had been formally fostered as a child, all that would be finished and I'm an adult in my own right, surely...?
Confused and lost, and any direction or advice would be appreciated!
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