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PIP, ESA and Housing Benefit
Hi there everyone, thank you to everyone supporting people on here. It's amazing that people take the time out to help others for no cost. You are all earth angels!!!
I need some help, I moved to County Durham from my local area in Pendle, as a good friend was living in Sunderland and they offered to provide me with support for my disabilities (Spinal fractures, constant pain, PTSD, anxiety, depression). I found a cheap house and When I moved from Pendle I had a pending claim for Housing Benefit, ESA and PIP. The PIP case took well over a year and the local council wouldn't pay housing benefit as I wasn't recieving the severe disability premium at the time. My landlord was very reasonable and knew of my disability and had heard of the horrors people were having at assessments so didn't evict me. I went to assessments and was 'knocked back' on both. Took it to tribunal and won. Housing benefit wouldn't backdate a years rent. I didn't want to let the landlord down so paid him the rent out of my award. The real issue I have is that my friend is moving back to Lancashire and I don't want to remain isolated here in the North East so I'm wondering if I find a house near her in Pendle, one bedroomed, living alone, exactly the same circumstances as my previous claim, but in a different area, would I be reassessed and have to go through all that again with a tribunal etc if I move back to Pendle? Or am I protected for the two years award? Would there be any chance of a move to Universal Credit if I'm getting the S.D.P?
Any help would be really appreciated.
I don't think I could go through all the assessments and letter writing again, it nearly burnt me out completely and definitely exacerbated my anxiety and depression. :-(
If there's a chance I could be moved to Universal Credit before January 2021 by changing address, or that I had to go through all that again, then I wouldn't move.