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TOPIC: if move home,could my benefits be affected?

if move home,could my benefits be affected? 7 years 1 day ago #13624

  • joshkz
Hi :) ,
i was thinking of moving home from the midlands to somerset,does anyone know if my benefits would be affected if i did this? ie,would they make me re-apply for them,or make me attend a medical possibly?
At present i`m recieving Income support,disability premium & housing benefit....

best regards,

josh
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Re:if move home,could my benefits be affected? 7 years 15 hours ago #13640

  • pata1
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  • Retired Nurse & Former Moderator.
Hi Josh,

Moving home should have no effect on your benefits. Both my husband and I have chronic ill health and disability which has necessitated having to move twice in the last three years into more suitable accommodation.

All you need to do is to inform is inform the DWP of your planned move, plus you'll need to claim Housing Benefit from your new local authority. As all local authorities use the same scheme for HB, nothing should change.

Good luck with your move to Somerset :)

Pat
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Re:if move home,could my benefits be affected? 6 years 11 months ago #13829

  • joshkz
Hi Pat,
thanks for your reply,when you say you moved a few times,did you move to another city though?

stu
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Re:if move home,could my benefits be affected? 6 years 11 months ago #13837

  • lavenderlady
joshkz wrote:
Hi :) ,
i was thinking of moving home from the midlands to somerset,does anyone know if my benefits would be affected if i did this? ie,would they make me re-apply for them,or make me attend a medical possibly?
At present i`m recieving Income support,disability premium & housing benefit....

best regards,

josh

Hi Josh:)

Like you I was on Income Support, Disability Premium and Housing Benefit when I moved from Manchester to Leeds 11 years.

Yes, they did send me for a medical.

Everything went smoothly, and thankfully there were no hickups. However, I would suggest that you start saving as much as you can from your IB because of course, understandably transferring your claim from one place to another will take a few weeks. There might be a delay in getting your IB benefit simply because the DWP haveto send away for your details.

You can apply for a grant for moving expenses. You will need to get at least 2 quotes in writing from removal companies and submit it to the DWP, they will then choose the cheapest. Some people are required to pay the grant/loan back, others not, it depends on your reasons for moving. If you are moving for health reasons then get a note from your doctor.

The DWP decision maker who was wearing an Amnesty teeshirt, told me that although he himself was sympathetic to my reasons for having to move and would like to allow the grant, the law did not allow him. I remember his very words, 'I CAN STRETCH THE LAW, I CAN BEND THE LAW, BUT I CAN'T CHANGE IT'. He was an exstreamly nice chap and it was obvious to me he was trying to do his job as honestly as he could, but his hands were tied, so I had to pay the loan back.

As soon as you arrive in ~Somerset go to the DWP. Take proof of your current address and your national insurance nu mbrny recent correspondence from the DWP. They then will request your details to be forwarded to Somerset.

Next apply for housing benefit.

Registar with a doctor as soon as possible, especially if you are on medication. You will need to give your new doctor your old doctor's name and address so they can request your notes to be transferred to Somerset.

If you need repeat medication and your notes have not arrived yet in Somerset, take the computor printout attached to your prescription; on it is listed all your medication, and make an appointment with your GP.

I found my move pretty straight forward really. However, it is having extra money set aside for any delays in your receiving your IB. Don't worry. You will get it, they have to process it and sometimes there are gremlins in the works.

At the time I moved I had an IB payment book, of course a lot of people have bank accounts, which I think should make the process simpler.

Do bear in mind that the hardest financial aspect of moving is settling all your gas, electricity and water and phone bills, and then having news bills at your new place quite suddenly.Inmy experienceitisthehardest thing.Once things stabalize you should be ok.

Hope this info helps.

Best Wishes

Lavenderlady:)
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Re:if move home,could my benefits be affected? 6 years 11 months ago #13846

  • pata1
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  • Retired Nurse & Former Moderator.
joshkz wrote:
Hi Pat,
thanks for your reply,when you say you moved a few times,did you move to another city though?

stu

Yes, we moved to a totally different area with a new DWP office, and different local authority with no problems.

These days most claimants have their benefit(s) paid into a bank or building account, so it makes much easier than it was when Lavenderlady moved.

We have our benefits paid into our bank account on a 4 weekly basis, and received payment from both our old DWP office and our new one without any break in payments.
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