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  1. Hi, my ex-partner (my daughter's Daddy) has landed a job that entitles him to free private health care for him and his 'family'. He's asked me if I'd like us (me and my daughter) to be included in the package. I'm currently on Income Support until May - will it effect this at all? Thanks in advance.
  2. Hmm - that all makes sense - I'll ask him to chase up the Dutch DWP and see if anything comes from that. Thanks so much for your help.
  3. Hi - I'm posting this on behalf of a friend: He's just been made redundant from a 90K job in the UK. He is Dutch but has a NI number. He lived in the UK 1992-2010, but returned to Holland to work for 3 years in 2010. He returned to the UK in February 2013 to work (the 90K job) and was made redundant last month. He lives in the UK with his British partner and their 7 month old son - she has no NI number (yet) as she always lived and worked in the Netherlands. He was told to apply for 'Contribution Based Jobseekers' but has been declined because​ he worked in the Netherlands during the period they assessed his legibility​. Is this a correct evaluation - is there anything he can do as he's struggling to pay his rent whilst Jobseeking. Can someone shed some light?! Many thanks - Weetabix.
  4. Thanks abc - I suggested that (via the agency) to the landlord - I *even* offered to pay 'rental insurance' (£150 a year) to cover him - the answer was still no. I'm hoping that this was just a one off, but it's so frustrating as I've never missed a payment and am a perfect tenant - and this was an ideal house.
  5. Yep - that's what I thought *sigh*. How on earth are you supposed to move then, if no landlords are accepting DSS anymore?!
  6. Hello - I wonder if anyone can help? I'm looking for a house to rent for me and my daughter - I'm on Income Support - but all of the properties I'm finding are stating 'no DSS'. However, If I ask my (working full-time) ex-husband to make the application with the lettings agency - so his name is on the contract, his bank details etc - would that then be an issue when it came to making a new Income Support claim for the new property - my name not being on the contract - despite him being my daughter's father? I have a feeling the answer is yes, but I can't see any other way around this? Many thanks.
  7. Sorry HB - I couldn't find a relevant forum - but if you could move me to one that is - that would be greatly appreciated - in the meantime - thank you ericsbrother for your really useful reply.
  8. Hi - I'm not sure if this is the right place to start, but we run a small, weekly toddler group in a sports hall that's owned by a Private School. It's a modern hall and when it was built part of the remit was to provide a space for the local community, for things like toddler groups etc. However, this term, they've *doubled* the money that they're asking us to contribute and we're unable to meet this financially. We've always had the impression that we're an inconvenience to them and suspect that this may be a tactic to get rid of us. Is there anything we can do - can we challenge the increase in money legally? Where would I go to have a look at the original agreement that was made between the hall and, presumably - the council? Do we have a leg to stand on? Many thanks, M.
  9. Thanks Rachie - that information's really useful and reassuring.
  10. Thanks so much for your help - all of you. Now the panic's settled a little, we must apologise for any over-reacting - thank you once again - this website is a brilliant resource.
  11. Thanks Estellyn - I'll tell her to forget the letter then if you think that's the best thing to do.
  12. SO! As my friend's been asked to attend an interview providing her bank statements, which will reveal that the Housing Benefit's not been going out of her account - she thought it might be an idea to provide them with the following covering letter to try to clarify things - please let us know what you think - whether there is anything on there that should be added or taken away? Many thanks in advance - her letter reads: "Dear Sir/Madam, Please find attached my bank statements from the last three months - and to help you, here is a summary of the last 6 months. I returned to the UK, having lived in abroad for a year and a half - and as standard - had to pay 6 month's rent in advance. This was paid for by my ex partner (who still lives abroad) as a loan on the condition that once I started receiving Housing Benefit, I would transfer it into his account. Then, once the 6 month period was over - I would set up a standing order for Housing Benefit to leave my account to start paying the landlady directly on a monthly basis. This aside, we had also agreed that he would pay some kind of maintenance into my account. When my claim for Housing Benefit was accepted and the payments began, I informed him that I was going to start transferring the Housing Benefit into his account. However, he pointed out that the bank would charge me to pay the money to him (converting GBP into Euro). They would then charge him to pay maintenance into my account here (Euro into GBP), so we agreed to avoid two separate bank charges, that I keep the Housing Benefit money as maintenance for the 6 months that the rent was already paid for. This is why my bank statements will show: a) Housing Benefit paid in, but not paid out - except for last week - the 27th February - which is the first (and now continual) monthly payment directly to the landlady. b) no maintenance payments from my ex-partner, except for a one-off payment of £600 in November as he was about to be made redundant (and is still un-employed). I hope that this clarifies any discrepencies that you may come across in my statements. Yours Sincerely, xxxx xxxxx" (I've hidden her name - that isn't lots of kisses!) - thanks again.
  13. Thanks everyone for your continued responses. She assures me that there's nothing else that's been hidden (I believe her - she's actually a very honest person) - so the points that Antone kindly listed are what we have on the table as well as the undeclared £600 payment in November. Antone - can I ask - you mentioned that 'HB is intended to pay rent, but a claimant can do whatever they like with it, normally.' Is that the case? I thought HB was for rent alone?....as this is the crux of the matter - that she 'didn't' use the money for rent - she used it for maintenance - that's the point she's worried about. So if what you're saying is right - that a 'claimant can do whatever they like with it' - should she point that out to the interviewer when she's stating her case?
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