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Hello my name is Alex and I will help you with this. Please note that I am a working Solicitor and may be on and offline as I have to attend Court and meet with clients, even at weekends. As such you may not get an instant response when you reply, but rest assured I will be giving your question my immediate attention upon return. For now please let me know if you want to know what the law is on overhanging trees?
I believe the law is - i am allowed to cut down overhanging trees, providing the neighbour is advised in advance, also the branches have to be given back to the neighbour as they are their property, for them to dispose of them. Please advise if this is not the case.
In order to claim benefits then you have to have savings normally below £16,000 (which you do) and little or no income. Prescribed income limits change and it may be that when you get an income a benefit is reduced by a % or it stops all together. As this can be a complicated process all I can do at this stage without knowing your full circumstances is invite you to use a benefit calculator. This is provided by the government and can give you an idea if you are entitled to any benefits at all.
This can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/benefits-adviser
Failing which I would go and see someone from the Citizens Advice Bureau as they have benefit advisers, but sadly if you input your numbers into the online calculator this can be quite good at giving you a general idea of what, if anything you are entitled to.
Forgive me - I have no idea where that came from.
The law is this - you are entitled to cut down branches of tress / hedges that overhang your property. By law you must offers those cuttings back and if refused then you need to dispose of them. Your neighbour does not have to pay for the disposal - as you have a duty under the Environmental Protection Act to dispose of the cuttings.
But you only need to offer them back - your neighbour can say no thank you. Then its either a trip to the tip or put them in your bin.