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    • Shadowkarst
    • By Shadowkarst 6th Jan 18, 12:41 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 12:41 AM
    Severe Disability Premium 6th Jan 18 at 12:41 AM
    Hi all

    I've been trying to help a friend with this, they have recently started sofa surfing and they recieve a severe disability premium. Have read up that you can lose it if you are not classed as 'living alone.' Would sofa surfing mean that they would lose their SDP?

    Thanks
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    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 6th Jan 18, 6:47 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 6:47 AM
    Hi all

    I've been trying to help a friend with this, they have recently started sofa surfing and they recieve a severe disability premium. Have read up that you can lose it if you are not classed as 'living alone.' Would sofa surfing mean that they would lose their SDP?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by Shadowkarst
    Most likey yes because they're not living alone or classed as living alone. Has the changes been reported? if not then your friend needs to ring DWP Monday. Was the person claiming housing benefit/Council tax reduction? if so then these need to be told too.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 6th Jan 18, 7:28 AM
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    Your friend will also need to give DWP an address. At some point in the future he'll be re-assessed for his benefits and they will send him forms. If he doesn't return them then his benefits will stop.
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 6th Jan 18, 9:10 AM
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    Your friend may not lose the SDP as the regulations are not simply about living alone.
    They actually say 'has no non defendants with whom the claimant normally resides'.
    The meaning of non dependent is somewhat complicated, sorry.

    The DMG is here:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/658302/dmgch44.pdf

    Scroll down to 44111 to read more.

    Best for your friend to telephone and explain the situation.
    • pmlindyloo
    • By pmlindyloo 6th Jan 18, 9:22 AM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 9:22 AM
    And perhaps, more importantly, your friend needs help with finding somewhere to live.

    Can you share their circumstances?
    • venison
    • By venison 6th Jan 18, 8:17 PM
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    • 6th Jan 18, 8:17 PM
    As they are homeless a chat with shelter might be of use?
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