Jane is a single mother who lives with her 21 year old autistic son, Harry. Although Jane is Harry’s registered carer and he is in receipt of a range of disability benefits, because the housing benefit claim is in her name, Jane is nonetheless affected by the £500 per week benefit cap.
This has seen Jane’s housing benefit reduced by over £100 per week, which has jeopardised both of their accommodation. We assisted Jane to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP), which was successful, but Westminster have made this conditional on her contributing £20 per week from Harry’s disability benefits. We are currently helping Jane to challenge this by way of internal review, but are also looking into more permanent solutions. Continue reading