My daughter currently lives in a property where has done so for over 20 years. She has been in receipt of housing benefit and other allowances because her three children all have major health problems, mainly epilepsy.
For several reasons her present home is not suitable and she has her name down on three separate council lists, Dover, Canterbury and Swale. However, it is very unlikely that a four bedroom property will become available within the next 20 years, if then.
My wife and I currently live in a 3 bedroom bungalow with a converted loft which be suitable for my daughter and her family. I am nearing 80 years of age, and we have been thinking of downsizing into sheltered accommodation in the village where we live, if and when one becomes available.
I realise that under normal circumstances that housing allowance is NOT payable to owners who are relatives. I could just sell the property when we find a suitable alternative and benefit from a large cash surplus. However, this would not alleviate the problems that my daughter faces.
I am not seeking to make vast sums of money at the expense of the DSS but rather a resolution of my daughter's problems. At present she is in hospital, just three miles from my home and twelve miles from her home. where her daughter was taken yesterday after a massive seizure.
It would be helpful if you could point me in the right direction to help my daughter.