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Work allowance

Eva111Eva111 Member Posts: 7 Listener
Hi.I have limited capability for work and work related activities. I have noticed recently I have 287 working allowance instead of 503(Because I dont have any housing support).I live in share room with friend,I dont have any contract,I am sub tenant.The lady from DWP wrote to me:
Good morning Ewa
Your work allowance is £287 as you are in supported accommodation that you claim housing benefit from
your local council for.
Many thanks
But IT is not true.How can I sort IT out.I have some part time job and 287 working allowance is so low,Thank for the answer.

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

    Are you saying to don't claim for help with any rent?
    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.
  • Eva111Eva111 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    Yes that is right. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    If you're not receiving housing benefit then you'll need to ring UC to speak to your case manager and tell them that you don't receive housing benefit and you should be receiving the higher work allowance.

    May i ask how you pay your rent if you don't claim for help with this? Is the person you're sharing a room with your partner?
    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.
  • Eva111Eva111 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    I am sub tenant.I pay by cash person who rent the house from the landlord.I share the room with roomate,we pay half. We dont have any contract, agreement.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Speak to your case manager as advised.
    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.
  • AilsAils Member Posts: 2,268 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Eva111 and welcome to the Community.  It is nice to meet you.  I see that you have been given excellent advice above by @poppy123456 and I hope you manage to get this all sorted out.  Please let us know how you get on anyway.  If there is anything we can to to help/support you then please just let us know.  All the best.  :smile:
    Winner of the Scope New Volunteer Award 2019.   :)
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 8,085 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Eva111 - I just wanted to welcome you to the community. I'm pleased to see Poppy has answered your query, & I hope you're able to get this quickly sorted. :)
  • Eva111Eva111 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    I have received this today...i dont understand IT at all.I dont want housing element.
    I want to Higher my work allowance
    
    Good afternoon Ewa
    Unless you have a tenancy agreement we cannot consider paying housing element for you
    Many thanks
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Then you'll need to explain to them that because you're not claiming for any housing element then you should be receiving the higher work allowance, which is £503 per month. This will mean that you can earn this much money before the 63% deductions will apply.
    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.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,954

    Scope community team

    Hello @Eva111. Have you made any progress getting your work allowance sorted?
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope

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  • Eva111Eva111 Member Posts: 7 Listener
    I have changed information about my living cost in my UC account,and I am waiting for the confirmmation.I will let you know.
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