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Benefits when son goes to residential college

Hi i will try to keep this as short 
 as I can. My son has an aquired brain injury and has just started residential college, the flat he has been given is a 3 year placement where he will learn independent living. The problem i have is i am a single mum also disabled, my son will be claiming housing benefit, council tax for his new flat, on a 38 week year, but coming home at weekends and half terms, the family home is also paid for with HB and CT benefits. As my son has now left my council have said i need to move as my tax credits have stopped and all I get is standard rate PIP and  ESA amounting to about 600 a month so won't be able to afford to live here. 
Surely if he is coming home weekends and half terms i should be able to stay , this will be very distressing for him it be loses his family home also his placement is only for 3 years? He also has an autistic brother who lives alone but still has a room here. I also know I have to pay x2 bedroom tax now.

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2018
    Hi,
    Unfortunately, because your son has his own tenancy agreement then you'll be eligible for the bedroom tax, if you live in social housing. You'll still be entitled to HB and council tax reduction but if you live alone then you will only be entitled to the 1 bedroom rate.

    Do you claim daily living PIP? And is your ESA Income related? If so and you live alone, or classed as living alone and no one claims carers allowance for looking after you,  then you should be claiming the severe disability premium on top of your ESA, this is and extra £64.30 per week. Are you in a group for ESA or on assessment rate?
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • curliwhirlicurliwhirli Member Posts: 3 Listener
    i get contribution rate ESA, and standard rate daily care PIP, does this mean im not eligable for SDP?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    i get contribution rate ESA, and standard rate daily care PIP, does this mean im not eligable for SDP?
    SDP or any other premiums aren't payable when claiming CB benefits. To claim the Income related tops ups such as the SDP will depend on your circumstances and household income.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
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