Old style ESA claimant takes in homeless person who has to claim UC (FS)- affect on benefits
This post concerns both UC (FS) and CESA in the context of a lodger.
My client is getting CESA and has about £15k in savings. She has just been awarded PIP standard rate daily care following appeal hearing so will be applying for SDP (under legacy benefit rules - ‘one composite benefit’). Her area is now a UC FS area.
She has taken in a homeless person. He is sleeping on her couch and she is feeding him. He is a recovering drug user and getting help in that respect. I don’t think he will qualify for CESA, so will have to claim UC (limited capability for work).
- If the arrangement is informal, will he still be ignored as not a non-dependent for SDP purposes?
- What will happen with his UC claim in respect of housing costs? Can he claim for shared accommodation costs if he doesn’t have the exclusive use of a bedroom? Can he claim even though it is not a formal arrangement? From what I have read, UC housing costs can only be claimed if you are liable for rent.
- If he then starts to receive money for rent, how will this affect her C/IR ESA? Will be ignored (ESA Sch 8 para 19 ESA Regs)
Any thoughts gratefully received.