Hi, my name is IPP! We want to move to the UK, will we be accepted as disabled people in the UK?

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IPP
IPP Community member Posts: 4 Listener
edited April 2022 in Start here and say hello!
Me(Irish resident) and my husband(British National) are Disable and living in Southern Ireland. We want to move UK mainland. We don’t know being a disable would we be acceptable as a disable in UK too? Or it’s different in UK. 
Regards 
IP

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Championing
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    I don't understand what you mean by being accepted as disabled 

    If you are disabled moving to the UK won't change that

    Do you mean will you be able to claim disabled benefits 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Championing
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    Welcome to the community @IPP :) How are you doing today?

    Would you feel comfortable telling us a little more about what you mean when you say 'accepted'?

    The UK has a long way to go in terms of changing attitudes, bringing about disability equality, and properly supporting disabled people to live the lives they choose. That being said, there is support available here should you or your husband need it. 

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

  • IPP
    IPP Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    I am new to this and not sure who am replying to sorry. My answer to Janer 1967 is “yes disability benefits too. Can we use our Irish travel card in UK mainland or we have to apply for another in UK mainland please 
    My answer to Tori_ scope: Me and my husband are on disability benefits and travel free in Republic of Ireland. We want to move to mainland UK. How we will get a house when we will arrive in UK. We have been given house in Ireland and we are council tenant. I am in my thirties and my husband in 40s. We have two kids one is 2 year and other is 6months.
    Would we get a council accommodation in UK too. 
    Any help / suggestions would be appreciated. 
    Thank you all 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,295 Championing
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    It's very unlikely that you will get a council/housing association house in the UK. There's a big shortgage of houses here, right across the country. Also unless you have a conection to the area you want to live then there's even less chance of getting social housing.
    You can look at privately renting in the area of your choice but if you rely on benefits to pay the rent then this isn't going to be easy either because a lot landlord will not accept tenants claiming benefits.
    I wouldn't advise you to move here until you have somewhere to live.
    The Irish Travel Card, do you mean the Irish Passport Card? If so there's some information here in this link. https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/travel_and_recreation/passports/irish_passport_card.html#l6ea67
    You do not need a passport to enter the United Kingdom, but airlines and sea carriers may want you to prove your identity when checking in. You should check with your airline or sea carrier to see what types of identification they accept.
    Disabled bus passes are used here but eligibility criteria is different in all local Authorities (councils) you would need to look at the criteria for the area you're thinking of living in.



  • IPP
    IPP Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Thank you. I am talking about Disable transport pass. Can we use it on bus/ train in UK mainland like in Ireland please 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,295 Championing
    edited April 2022
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    Unfortunately you won’t be able to use that here. 
    As advised you will need to check the criteria for the local authority you’re thinking of living. 
    For trains you will need something called the disabled rail card which you will be to purchase yourself. https://www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/
  • IPP
    IPP Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Thank you very helpful