Aged Aunt returning to UK from Canada

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Can any one help please, my 83yr old Aunt is returning to the UK, from Canada, she is still a British citizen.

She reapplied for a passport to come over for a holiday and within the info she was sent, the British Gov said that we welcome British Citizens back to the UK.

So now she wants to move here, I have contacted housing associations and Social housing in my area and also where her Brother lives in Somerset and it appears that as long as she lives here for 3months and shows she has Dr's , bank account etc she can move back and get a home.

She is looking for a studio or 1 bed property, but it will have to be paid for by someone, will she be able to get benefits etc please.

She hasn't lived here for 60yrs but feels Halifax where she lives now is to cold and hostile in winter for her old age.

Any help or advise will be great thank you lots
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  • Money_maker
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    Has she got a home in Canada she can sell to pay for one in this country?
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    duffs54 wrote: »

    she can move back and get a home.

    Any help or advise will be great thank you lots

    Slight correction. She will be eligible to apply for social housing. And go on the bidding waiting list along with everyone else. What priority she will get will depend on her individual circumstances.
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  • dandelionclock30
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    I think so but she needs to check with the DSS and the pensions regarding what she is entitled to.What she will get will depend on her savings and what she has paid in for her pension. She can email them or phone.
    Also its really really hard to get a 1 bedroomed property at the moment as everyone wants one due to the bedroom tax. So she could be years without one.
    At her time of life she needs to really consider if this is the best for her as being potentially homeless and having to explain herself lots of times to get her benefits sorted would be really stressfull.
    Would you be prepared to have her living with you for years if not for good because that's what the reality would be. Shes probably better off staying where she is in Canada and getting support there if that is what she needs.
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    Sadly Money Maker, she is rented and it is damp, she has asthma so suffers, she has a dehumidifier on most of the time, another rubbish private landlord.

    Elsein, she has been told by a housing assoc that studio apartments are easier to get as nor many people like them, allegedly !

    Dandelionclock30, she will have her Canadian pension for 3 months, then will have to rely on benefits, she has set her heart on coming back and my brother and I are trying to make her see Britain has changed greatly over the years.

    We are happy for her to stay until she gets sorted, but we only have a small two bed house so I fear it will be very stressful for all.

    Thank you all, I will try and find out more about the benefits she will receive, she hasn't paid into any pensions etc as she hasn't worked here for over 60yrs.

    cheers
  • dandelionclock30
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    Wishing her all the best. You could ask the Housing Association about how long she would most likely be waiting for a place as an estimate. I honestly think though as things are she will be living with you for the rest of her life.
    You need to consider how you would manage with her and possibly ending up as her carer if her health deteriorates. I'd be looking into whats available for elderly people in your area like luncheon clubs, groups, the church etc if shes into any of these also.
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    I think your Aunt will have to pass the Habitual Residence Test

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    NYM wrote: »
    I think your Aunt will have to pass the Habitual Residence Test

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    This.

    She won't be entitled to anything unless commitment is made eg buying a property.
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    If your relative hasn't lived in the UK for 60years, would she qualify for UK benefits as she wouldn't have paid anything in to the system? How is she surviving at the moment in Canada?

    Is there anyone in the family that she could move in with? Does she have savings?
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  • Voyager2002
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    duffs54 wrote: »
    Can any one help please, my 83yr old Aunt is returning to the UK, from Canada, she is still a British citizen.

    She reapplied for a passport to come over for a holiday and within the info she was sent, the British Gov said that we welcome British Citizens back to the UK.

    So now she wants to move here, I have contacted housing associations and Social housing in my area and also where her Brother lives in Somerset and it appears that as long as she lives here for 3months and shows she has Dr's , bank account etc she can move back and get a home.

    She is looking for a studio or 1 bed property, but it will have to be paid for by someone, will she be able to get benefits etc please.

    She hasn't lived here for 60yrs but feels Halifax where she lives now is to cold and hostile in winter for her old age.

    Any help or advise will be great thank you lots

    Don't do it!

    She would need proof of address in the UK in order to open a bank account, and so she would need her home here first. But by the sound of things she would need proof of a bank account in order to apply for social housing...

    As for getting an income: she has clearly not paid into the pensions system so would need to claim benefits (Pension Credit, I think), and would probably be refused for this since she is coming from abroad. (It is unlikely that she would pass the Habitual Residence Test.)

    The whole thing would be really stressful: the kind of bureaucratic nightmare that could well kill her. A sad way to end a long life.
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    duffs54 wrote: »
    she will have her Canadian pension for 3 months

    Is there an agreement between the two countries that her Canadian pension will stop because she will be entitled to claim UK benefits - vague recollection of reading something about this.

    If not, why is her Canadian pension stopping? If I went to live in Canada, I could keep claiming my UK pension (although I wouldn't be entitled to any increases over the years).
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