I just found this forum - I hope I am putting this message in the correct place.
My partner and I would like to move in together as I have been offered a new job which would mean having to relocate some distance away from where we both currently live. He is registered blind, and does not work, so at the moment his housing benefit covers his rent and he doesn't pay council tax, etc. He will be 36 in May (relevant due to the changes to housing benefit I think).
Can anyone point me towards a good source of advice for what the implications of us moving in together would be? Should we be looking at housing associations/local authority housing? If he applied, would I be able to live with him? I assume his disability would put him further up a list than I would be if I applied.
My wages will be less than £24,000/yr before tax, so his benefits would be quite a significant contribution to our finances. Would I be entitled to any sort of income support/tax credits if I was supposed to be supporting him? We're not married, if that makes any difference.
It's bad enough having to think about moving 100 miles away, but finding somewhere we can afford that means we can also afford to eat is making us both rather stressed!
Any advice would be very much appreciated, thank you.