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Rehousing, is a bungalow a possibility?

SvidigaSvidiga Member Posts: 2 Listener
hi everyone;
im 27 with a 7 month old baby, I have a rare neurological condition called hemiplegic migraine which means I can randomly start suffering stroke-like symptoms. 
When I first applied for a council flat, I was pregnant and luckily my condition didn’t affect me as much as I got given a first floor flat. 
But now my condition is back with a vengeance and getting up and down the stairs to my flat is becoming almost a once a month possibility with a child as I’m not allowed to keep my pram in the hall to save me the trouble of too many trips if I want to leave. 
I reapplied and was given assessed mobility level 3 is there a possibility I could get a bungalow or would be another flat but ground floor? 
I don’t get disability benefits as my condition was deemed unimportant to cause great impact on my day to day life 😑 (apparently being paralysed down one side for upto a week every fortnight isn’t a great impact) 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    I'm sorry to hear this. Bungalows are usually only given to those above the age of 60. My advice would be to look for a ground floor flat. How long this will take will depend on the waiting list in your area.

    Claiming PIP will depend how your conditions affect you against the PIP descriptors, it's not about a diagnosis. Was it PIP you applied for? If so when was the decision made on your claim.

    Do be aware that if you're claiming housing benefit and you move to a different local council then you'll need to claim Universal Credit for help with your rent. This will mean that any other benefits you claim like tax credits, will transfer to UC.

    If you stay with the same local council then you'll be able to continue with housing benefit.
    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.
  • SvidigaSvidiga Member Posts: 2 Listener
    I applied to PIP last year before applying for universal credit. I told them that I get an attack every week to every fortnight which means I can’t cook for myself, I can’t walk for than 10 steps, I’m practically bedridden and cannot wash during these attacks. but I scored 0 during the assessment for everything, even though at the time I was pregnant and dealing with hyperemesis at the same time as my migraine disorder. When I phoned to make a mandatory reconsideration I was talked into getting the transcript back before making the reconsideration. By the time I got it I was out of time. 
    It put me off telling UC about the affect of my migraines on my work because of the assessment process.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    For PIP you need to be affected by those conditions for at least 50% of the time over a 12 month period. If your conditions do affect you this much then you would have still be in the timescale to request the mandatory reconsideration. Although it's 1 month, with good reason you do have 13 months and not receiving a copy of the assessment report will have been good reason.

    You can start a new claim at anytime but before doing this i'd advise you to get some face to face advice because using the same evidence you previously used could very likely see another refusal. This link will help you find what's local to you for advice.

    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.
  • LorraLorra Member Posts: 5 Connected
     Hi I'm Lorraine Christina Talking about independent living. I'm on council waiting list. I'm waiting for a bungalow. Downstairs flat. Could be quicker. Iv spondylolisthesis back thoracic. Pain osteoarthritis fybromyalgia. Knee legs pain. I walk so slow. Iv a wheelchair. My partner pushes me further. I did have a disability scooter. I gave this to a gentleman who really needed. It at the time I were. Housebound. Know I could really do with a disability scooter or electric wheelchair. I'll need to look for a second hand type. As I can't afford new any more. I'd be more independent too. At moment I don't go out so much. Independent living is what's all about. People like me who is disabled. I'm hoping lots of you. Have found yourself independent yes I love that word what it means to me. 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,001

    Scope community team

    Welcome to the community @Lorra. How long have you been on the waiting list?
    Community Manager
  • LorraLorra Member Posts: 5 Connected
    Hi ah iv highest eligible. For a home bungalow with 2 bedroom. 1for all my disability walker etc iv been on waiting list 3months. But I were on waiting list for 5years prior. To know thank you Adrian 
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