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I claim Severe disability premium. Can my daughter use my address for her business?

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Hopeful20
Hopeful20 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
Hi, I get SDP and live alone. My daughter has asked if she can use my address as a business address, will I be able to let her do this without it affecting my benefits? 
Many thanks

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    It will not affect your benefits but in practice it can cause a problem. When different data sets are matched it may result in enquiries to check whether or not you still live alone. Unless your really daughter has no alternative you could just avoid the risk by not ding it. Could she just pay for a PO Box somewhere?

    If you do allow her to use the address I suggest you very clearly ask her to use the address as “care/of”.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Lulu_1949
    Lulu_1949 Community member Posts: 236 Pioneering
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    I think you will find you will have to pay business rates if your address is used for business purposes.
  • Lulu_1949
    Lulu_1949 Community member Posts: 236 Pioneering
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    By this I mean your council tax might be affected. 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2022
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    Lulu_1949 said:
    I think you will find you will have to pay business rates if your address is used for business purposes.

    Lulu_1949 said:
    By this I mean your council tax might be affected. 
    Not correct.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/council-tax-and-business-rates-home-based-businesses
    What if you run a home-based business?
    When using your home for minor business purposes, the government does not normally expect you to pay business rates if:
    • you use a small part of your home for your business (eg a bedroom – for part of the day as an office)
    • you don’t use it to sell goods or services to visiting clients or members of the public (as opposed to selling by post)
    • you don’t employ other people to work at the premises
    • you don’t make alterations that are not for a domestic purpose (such as converting a garage into a hairdressers, or installing a hydraulic car lift)
    These are general guidelines.
    OP is not even suggesting that the business would operate from the property - simply be used as a postal address (which might suit daughter if she is not certain her own address is long term).
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Hopeful20
    Hopeful20 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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    Thanks for all your replies, my daughter is a mobile hairdresser. She soon to be moving home but doesn’t know where yet so it looks like she will be fine to use my address on a temporary basis if need be. Thanks for putting my mind at ease everyone 😊
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    Glad we managed to put your mind at ease @Hopeful20. Good luck to you and your daughter. If we can do anything else to support you, please don't hesitate to let us know. We are all here for you  :)
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  • Hopeful20
    Hopeful20 Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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    Thank you so much, I’m so glad I found you! 🥰
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Disability Gamechanger
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    That's lovely to hear @hopeful20 :) It'd be great to see you stick around, and get involved elsewhere on the community! Two good places to start are the categories page, and our list of the most recent discussions. If you're interested in taking part in some casual conversation and games, then I'd recommend popping over to the coffee lounge, too. 

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