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I moved last June and the first time in sixty years needed help with housing costs, applied for housing benefit but was told to claim universal credit. What a nightmare! I'm having to pay back the first payment as they said it was a mistake and i didn't get a valid payment until eleven weeks after i claimed, fourteen weeks after i moved in! Then they said i had to pay that back too! After two weeks of sheer hell worrying (i had paid it off my growing rent arrears, same with the first payment) they said i should not have received the letter saying i must pay it back. My payments should be £280 (when i write a number here it has a pink outline as if its not a valid word so will write amounts differently in case it wont print them) two hundred and eighty pounds but with the first payment deducted they are just £232 two hundred and thirty two pounds. My rent is £418 four hundred and eighteen but when i asked them to pay my landlord direct they said i must pay £210 two hundred and ten pounds myself. The only other money i get is ESA and because i claimed universal credit this was reduced to £110 a hundred and ten pounds a week. Once i have paid the rent i will be left with just £233 two hundred and thirty three pounds for household bills and everything else! This is just not possible.
I am severely disabled, used to get disability living allowance and severe disability living allowance but lost this when PIP came in but have been refused PiP twice, was told the criteria is different to DLA/SDA. but i know i fit some of the criteria. One of my old benefit letters says the law says i need far more than this as i am severely disabled. My disabilities have not changed but i can get no help with them at all and cannot live on £233 a month. Surely they are breaking the law or has the law changed?
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