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    • tuftyone
    • By tuftyone 21st Oct 18, 6:34 AM
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    Suspension of HB
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    • 21st Oct 18, 6:34 AM
    Suspension of HB 21st Oct 18 at 6:34 AM
    Hi, my son and I moved to a flat in April. He was a full-time student and left college this year and moved out on 1st October.
    I wrote to the council informing them of him moving out and they replied saying that they had no record of him being here and suspended my HB. They've also previously said they had no record of my Change of Address form (which would have included him as a resident), despite sending correspondence to this address and the HB award being re-awarded in April.

    I'm puzzled as they've asked me to provide details of his college course and a copy of his ID, I want to reply with something like this...

    "Can you please tell me why you require this information? He no longer lives with me and Iím not claiming for his inclusion in my housing benefit. He hasnít been included since we moved to the property in April as you have no record of him living here.

    Is it your intention to back-pay any shortfall in any benefit that I might have received? If this isnít the case, I see no other reason for providing this information, and I would now find it difficult to obtain his birth certificate or any other form of ID, as he is an adult, has left full-time education and Iím no longer responsible for him."


    Does this seem reasonable? I need my HB to pay the rent!

    Thanks for any help or opinion
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    • calcotti
    • By calcotti 21st Oct 18, 7:20 AM
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    • 21st Oct 18, 7:20 AM
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    • 21st Oct 18, 7:20 AM
    Obviously if you genuinely cannot provide the information you will have to tell them that. Otherwise youíre much more likely to get things sorted out if you co-operate with your local authority
    • w06
    • By w06 21st Oct 18, 7:48 AM
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    • 21st Oct 18, 7:48 AM
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    • 21st Oct 18, 7:48 AM
    Being obstructive doesnít seem the best way to solve any issue.

    Genuine question, as Iím not sure of the answer, if they had known he was living there would there have been a non dependent reduction to the housing benefit? It isnít as simple as they didnít know he was here, and he isnít now.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 21st Oct 18, 8:07 AM
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    • 21st Oct 18, 8:07 AM
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    • 21st Oct 18, 8:07 AM
    Genuine question, as Iím not sure of the answer, if they had known he was living there would there have been a non dependent reduction to the housing benefit?
    Originally posted by w06
    A non-dependant deduction doesn't apply to a full-time student during term time or during holidays if they're not working.
    A non-dependant deduction does apply if a student works for 16 hours or more a week during the summer holidays. You may need to ask them to contribute towards your housing costs.


    https://england.shelter.org.uk/housing_advice/housing_benefit/housing_benefit_deductions_when_living_with_non-dependants
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 21st Oct 18, 8:10 AM
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    • 21st Oct 18, 8:10 AM
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    • 21st Oct 18, 8:10 AM
    OP, i think you need to co-operate and send them what they've asked for otherwise this could drag on. Maybe use a benefits calculator to see if you were claiming the correct amount. https://www.entitledto.co.uk/
    • tuftyone
    • By tuftyone 21st Oct 18, 9:10 AM
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    • 21st Oct 18, 9:10 AM
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    • 21st Oct 18, 9:10 AM
    Thanks for your replies. Yes, you're right it does look like I'm being deliberately obstructive. I'll try to get hold of the things they want to see and go from there.
    • tuftyone
    • By tuftyone 10th Nov 18, 12:31 PM
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    • 10th Nov 18, 12:31 PM
    resolved, sort of
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    • 10th Nov 18, 12:31 PM
    Hi, I just thought I'd update you

    I managed to provide the documents proving my son was at college and the council are now re-instating my HB . He moved in with me on 3rd April and moved out 1st October.

    He was in full-time education until the end of August when our Child Tax Credit stopped as well.

    BUT they say they've overpaid me since we moved in on 3rd April, and in a recent letter they say that "the reason for the change is a non-dependant has moved out."

    Surely he was only a non-dependant in the month of September??

    Am I missing something?

    Thanks for helping with this.
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