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Morning I was hoping someone could shed some light for me.

 

We have recently been awarded via mandatory reconsideration high rate care for our daughter, we were already in receipt of low rate mobility so getting the disabled child premium on housing benefit and council tax benefit.

 

I sent the housing office proof of the new DLA award just to keep them up to date and someone said they may add a severe disablement element to the benefit but I didn't really understand that.

 

I did not expect the award to change much as I didn't think DLA for a child was regarded as income as such.

 

Anyway today I received a letter and although not clear I estimate a reduction in housing benefit by around £35 a month and a substantial reduction in council tax support.

 

Does this sound accurate? No other changes to income, I will ring and check but the people who man the phones are often quite rude!

 

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I thought that DLA was not included in any means tested benefits ?

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Definitely contact them - I can't, off the top of my head, think of a reason why an award of DLA should affect your HB.

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I thought that DLA was not included in any means tested benefits ?

 

Correct. DLA, PIP and AA are not means tested and don't normally count as income when means tested benefits are worked out.

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Just a thought but as you've received High Rate care for your daughter this would entitle you to an extra element of child tax credits which may affect your housing benefit.

 

Like I say just a thought if you've informed tax credits that your daughter became entitled to HR care as I know with me informing tax credits that my husband received enhanced rate of pip it automatically informed housing benefit but I'm not sure if it's different between an adult and child.

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