19 year old girl, has child who lives with foster parents

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    selina_neville
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    Hello folks

    Just wondering if anyone has had a similar scenario and if so, can you advise me what you would do in this instance….

    We have a claimant who is a 19 year old girl. Due to whatever problems she had in the past, her child was taken away from her and placed with a foster family. The claimant is now trying to turn her life around and wants to have the child back but Social Services have told her that she needs to have a bedroom for the child for them to consider placing the little one with her again.

    Our claimant does not receive Child Benefit. The claimant wants to rent a 2 bedroom property (so that Social Services will consider placing the child with her again) but as things stand at the moment, she is only eligible for the Single Room Rent as she is under 25. The Letting Agent has found a 2 bedroom flat at £795 per calendar month but is reluctant to let her sign the tenancy because he knows there is no way she can make up the shortfall in her rent. The Letting Agent has told the claimant that she should be able to get 2 bedroom rate due to her particular circumstance and the fact that she does have some “parental responsibilites” but I think this is more a case where she visits with the child for a few hours…..

    My gut instinct is that she would only be eligible for the SRR until such time the child actually comes to live with her but she is free to apply for a DHP for the shortfall in the rent and her circumstances would be looked into accordingly.

    What do you think? Is there anything in the regs that states we can pay 2 bedroom rate where the child is not living with her (i.e. merely on the grounds of “parental responsibilites”?

    Thanks so much for reading this and I appreciate and responses I get.

    Regards

    Selina

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    peterdelamothe
    Keymaster

    You are correct in what you say. The foster family are responsible and are entitled to the extra bedroom; the mother is not. As you suggest, you can pay a DHP if you want until the family life is resolved.

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    selina_neville
    Participant

    [quote:0432d95bb0]You are correct in what you say. The foster family are responsible and are entitled to the extra bedroom; the mother is not. As you suggest, you can pay a DHP if you want until the family life is resolved.
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    Thanks Peter! Glad we were on the right track.

    Have a great day.

    Selina

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