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Benefits for my son leaves home

Springfield66Springfield66 Member Posts: 8 Listener
We are leaving London and I am lucky enough to be able to buy my son a studio flat but cannot provide on going financial support. He is currently receiving SEA as he suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder. He will not have a mortgage but will have to pay service charges and ground rent as it's leasehold. I am trying to ensure he will have somewhere when we are gone but don't know what he's entitled to as a result of his change of circumstances. His situation will no doubt be reviewed and I am worried he will struggle. Any advice really appreciated. Thank you

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  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
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  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,755 Disability Gamechanger
    hi does he claim PIP as well as ESA?
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Springfield66Springfield66 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    No, he only claims ESA, what is PIP?
  • Springfield66Springfield66 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    We haven’t moved yet so I cannot identify council tax etc but would like to be as prepared as possible. I don’t think I can gauge as yet to look at what he might be entitled to?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    I'd advise a visit to your local advice centre for a benefits check for him. CAB or welfare rights will be a good place to start.
    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.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP has replaced DLA. Claiming this will depend on how his conditions affect his ability to carry out daily activities based on the PIP descriptors. Evidence will be needed to support a claim and a face to face assessment will most likely be needed. These links may help.



    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.
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi @Springfield66 You should certainly look into PIP as above.  It is possible he may get some help with the Service Charges but this is a tricky area.  Firstly only if the DWP accept this is not a contrived arrangement (ie the arrangement came about in order to obtain benefit payments) will they consider paying anything.  It seems to be that you have an argument for that.  Secondly he may be able to apply for Universal Credit for the eligible service charges but beware - any such claim is likely to close his ESA claim down and he will not be able to re-open it.  Ground rent is not an eligible item so this would not be covered but he could potentially have help with service charges if they are a condition of him occupying the accommodation (ideally set out in the lease) and are for things like the general maintenance of the building, the upkeep of communal areas etc.  As this is a tricky area, and a UC claim could stop his ESA (dependent on what type of ESA he is on), I would suggest you seek some specialist one to one advice on this before taking any action.  Take details of the type of ESA in payment and the details of the Service Charges so you can be properly advised.  All the best, Sarah
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  • Springfield66Springfield66 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Many thanks Sarah, really helpful, do you have any suggestions as to who to approach for specialist help? I genuinely am not trying to be devious, just know he has a fighting chance whenI’m gone 😏
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Welfare rights or a law centre will be a good place to start. This link will help you find what's local to you.

    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.
  • Springfield66Springfield66 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Thank you so much!
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