Discussion in 'benefits and housing' started by Trevor the King, Nov 2, 2018.
Or do you need a postal address?
Any luck with the local council about temporary shelter? You should be able to claim with a "care of address" at a day centre or the like? You'll need your national insurance number
Have you made an appointment with Citizens Advice ?
You can still claim benefits if you're sleeping on the streets or in a hostel, even if you don't have a fixed address or a bank account.
Help if you're on the streets: claim benefits
That link does say that your benefits might be lower if you are rough sleeping but doesn't say how much by. Anybody know?
Can search for day centres at the following link:
| Homeless Link
Universal Credit usually includes a housing allowance (rather than a separate claim for housing benefit), so I'm guessing 'benefits would be lower' means that if you're not paying rent then you just get the Universal Credit living allowance but no housing allowance, sort of thing.
That would make sense, yes. Hopefully that's the case rather than you being penalised for being homeless by losing out on the rest of your money.
Hope so too. Hope no right wing think tanks are gathering ideas...
Unfortunately it seems like under UC you will only get about £57 per week instead of about £73 as it was under jsa.
Really?!? I thought it was just younger people who got less? Wouldn't surprise me though. I suppose the bastards will be saying 'Well, if you don't have a house you don't have any bills to pay!' not taking into account that people who are homeless have higher costs, like hostels usually kick people out during the day, so people need bus/tube fares to get around, and then if they want a cup of tea they can't put the kettle on and make one for pence but have to spend a couple of quid in a café, plus you can't rustle up a sandwich or something cheap to eat so buying ready to eat and takeaways costs a fortune. Plus there's mobile phone/data costs if you don't have a home with broadband, and you have to keep that topped up or else if you miss a message from the DWP you'll get sanctioned.
I don't know for sure but the person I know who is still on jsa still gets 73 a week. The person I know who is making a first claim so UC is getting 57 a week. And the person I know who was moved from jsa to uc was on 73 a week but got about 630 for about 11 weeks (eventually) which ive just noticed works out to about 57 a week.
When I was, yes, just find someone or as I did make it up find a
house that is empty etc
Despite the internet, the DWP will occasionally send letters, so finding someone whose address to use might be better. Obviously, when stuck in a situation where needs must, that choice might not be available.
It's bad stuff, though. Anybody without a place to live probably has higher "living expenses"* because of no kettle, cooker, heating etc. Can't get by on potatoes or rice if there's no way to cook.
And it will soon be winter. People need to be able to be warm.
* "living expenses", eh? A usefully cold way to refer to the fact that people need food and warmth. And toilet and water. Could call it basic needs and rights. I wonder why DWP prefers not to.
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