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My hubby and I live in a 2 bedroom flat, we are in receipt of housing benefit and pay bedroom tax as we use both rooms for medical/health reasons.

 

We are registered to move nearer our daughter as she provides care and support for us both. We are eligible for any 1 bedroom property across the county but we are also eligible for 2,3,4 and 5 bedroomed properties, paying the bedroom tax BUT only in the difficult to let areas where we live.

 

In comparison, our daughter, who is not on benefits and pays her full rent, is registered to move as she lives in a 2 bed flat and wants a house but she is eligible for any 3,4 and 5 bedroomed properties across the county.

 

Is this fair? Are we being discriminated against because we are on benefits ?

 

Any thoughts or advice on this query would be welcome.

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Hi a couple of questions.

 

1. Who is your landlord?

2. Who is your daughters landlord?

3. As you mention medical/health reason when your registered to move nearer your daughter did they get you to complete a medical allocation/questionnaire form?

4. Are there other housing association in the area you wish to move?

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Hi stu007,

 

My daughter and I were under Newcastle City Council but that changed to Tyne and Wear Homes in April 2012, all local authorities and Housing Associations in the County come under that umbrella now.

 

We have medical assessment forms being processed now, just waiting to hear, don't know how long it will take.

 

Many thanks for your questions.

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