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UC - Overnight Care?

SomebodyelseSomebodyelse Member Posts: 8 Listener
edited January 2020 in Universal Credit
I received a question in my ‘journal’ recently regarding getting help from‘someone who doesn’t live with you’ Now, I sleep 90% downstairs, The questions asked are. Do you require an extra bedroom for extra help. My husband is my carer. 
When I tick the relevant boxes it replies I no longer need overnight care! 
It doesn’t give an option for someone with a disability that can’t get upstairs yet needs help from her caregiver at least 5 times during the night. I left a note on my journal but there must be something I’m doing wrong. How can something so simple be so complicated? 
Has anyone else had a similar problem?
any advice is appreciated. 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome,

    I'm one of the community champions here on scope and i'm here to help and advise others.

    The reason it's asking you this is because of the additional bedroom that's paid for an overnight carer but because you live with your partner. An overnight carer can't be someone you live with.
    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.
  • SomebodyelseSomebodyelse Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Thank You Poppy, 
    My husband, daughter and myself rent the property from my brother who lives abroad. 
    It’s a learning curve. X
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,924

    Scope community team

    Hi @Somebodyelse. It sounds as though they are trying to determine what rate bedroom allowance you are entitled to. Is your husband reported as your carer on your Universal Credit?
    Senior Community Partner

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