Housing benefit

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EllieStar1989
EllieStar1989 Community member Posts: 45 Contributor
I am on ESA. 
I Just got awarded PIP before my tribunal. 
I found out last week that DWP decided to award me PIP. I phoned ESA to tell them I was being awarded PIP. ESA said I was entitled to
the severe disability premium and filled something in with me over the phone. 
I phoned tribunal today and they confirmed DWP emailed them to say I have been awarded. 
I applied for housing benefit last Wednesday. I was told i can apply for housing benefit with out needing to switch to universal credit because I get the SDP. The housing are saying nothing is showing on ESA that I get
the SDP. I Also have the housing calling me telling me I am I arrears 

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  • wilko
    wilko Community member Posts: 2,439 Championing
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    Hello, the best thing to do if you haven't done already is contact the DWP and find out what's going on reference your SDP being awarded but not showing on your award notification for other benefits agency's to see and apply. 
  • Antonia_Alumni
    Antonia_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,764 Pioneering
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    Hi @EllieStar1989 welcome to the community. Glad to hear you have been awarded ;) I think it would be best to get in touch with DWP or ESA to inform them that your housing can't see that you're on SDP.
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 11,305 Online Community Programme Lead
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    Hi @EllieStar1989, do you live alone? Is your ESA your only income (other than PIP?) and do you know if it's income or contribution-based? If it's contribution-based do you have an income-related top-up? SDP can only be added to income-related benefits.
  • EllieStar1989
    EllieStar1989 Community member Posts: 45 Contributor
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    I live alone. ESA and PIP are my only income. I am told it’s income related 
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 11,305 Online Community Programme Lead
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    Hi @EllieStar1989, thanks for confirming (I was checking because SDP can only be added to income-related benefits, so if yours was only contribution-based you wouldn't have SDP added correctly).

    Can I ask, did you submit an application for housing benefit or were you just advised when you went to apply that your SDP isn't showing? Have you managed to be in touch with DWP at all to check whether your SDP has been awarded correctly? Have you had any changed payments through yet?

    You definitely shouldn't apply for Universal Credit while this is sorted as you will lose entitlement to SDP. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,303 Championing
    edited May 2019
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    Hi,

    It can take a few weeks for the SDP to start once you apply. Once they have updated the computer you'll be able to claim housing benefit but you won't be able to claim it until this is done. Housing benefit can be backdated for 1 month.