I'm moving out. What help can I get? I claim PIP and ESA, and currently live in a council property — Scope | Disability forum

I'm moving out. What help can I get? I claim PIP and ESA, and currently live in a council property

lance
lance Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi I am on pip and ESA and am in a joint tenancy with my partner, but have to move out and find a place what help can I get? The place I’m in now is council.

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,908 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    When you say what help do you mean finding some where to live or benefits
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,405 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 12
    Who currently claims Hosing Benefit - you or your partner?

    Is your ESA entirely income based or a mix of contribution based and income based?
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • c1967m29146
    c1967m29146 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Good Afternoon from c1967m
    you can go to the council and state why you have to move, as a council property they have to rehouse you, citizens  advice is useful for your statuary rights and how to proceed, is it you or both of you and what reason have they sighted and have you got a hard copy.



  • lance
    lance Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you for your replies, the housing benefit is in both our names, and it just me alone we are on a trial separation but obviously still need to change benefits and put the tenancy back in my partners name. You say they will have a right to re-house me but that could take sometime. I have mental health and find this all very hard.

  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,908 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm not sure they have to rehouse you as it is you wanting to leave of your own free will the council are not forcing you out so I don't think they will be obliged to rehome 

    Unfortunately you may find this is not going to be a quick fix there are big waiting lists in most areas for properties 

    Priority is given to homeless and those with children and those facing domestic abuse 

    Have you spoken to the council to see what they suggest 

    You can look to private rent but not many landlords accept those on benefits alone 
    I have professional experience in HR within public,  private, and charity sectors.  If I can help I will 
  • lance
    lance Member Posts: 4 Listener
    I’m nearly 62 and all looks pretty ominous, and understand I’m not high as some on priorities, I have an old caravan but can’t find anywhere to put it on a permanent basis at reasonable prices so HB could help me. Thanx for your help
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 11,069 Disability Gamechanger
  • lance
    lance Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thankyou that’s useful appreciate all of your help and tips🥰
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,405 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 12
    lance said:
    Thank you for your replies, the housing benefit is in both our names, 
    I don’t think that is correct. You are both taken into account but my understanding is that a Housing Benefit claim is made in the name of one person. 
    The person who has HB is in your name will be able to continue to receive it based on your new circumstances. The person who is not claiming will not be able to make a new claim for HB and will need to claim UC if they want help with rent. 

    You didn’t answer the question about your ESA.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • c1967m29146
    c1967m29146 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi Lance 
    I will contact you tomorrow and give you some info on rehousing. 

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