Hi, I am new here and wondering if you can help.
I am claiming ESA - I was on IB but have been put on support group recently. I also have mortgage interest income support and council tax benefit. I want to offer somewhere to live to a friend but am very concerned about how this may affect my benefits. Of course it would make sense that they should pay towards my housing costs so it may be ok to lose council tax benefit and some or even all of the mortgage interest (depending on the amount we agree they contribute) but will I have my ESA reduced? How will this be calculated. I would really like to have the company but worried about the finances.
Also I don't know what might happen to my income support claim if I stop it while this person is here and contributing then they move out again. Will I be able to immediately claim again?
I would be very grateful if anyone knows how this might work or where I could go for accurate advice.
Thank you very much.