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  • 19-05-2013 12:54am
    Closed Accounts Posts: 393 ✭✭

    Ok here's a tricky one for you ! I'm a single 47yr old looking to move back to the UK. At the moment I'm renting a room here in Dublin, but I grew up in the UK and I'm fed up with things (& some people !) here. I have a bit of a problem in that I don't have any savings or a job. I've applied for disabilty allowance but as you know that takes ages to be refused decided lol So at the moment I'm on social welfare allowance.

    So here are my queries:
    I've been here for 7yrs and still remember my old N.I.. number so can I just use that when I go back ?
    Can I claim the equivalent of SWA in the UK ? (Income support??)
    Can I make a claim for housing benefit before moving ? I think I saw on the site you can apply 13 weeks in advance if you are moving afair ?
    I'm not getting housing benefit here as I've not been in this place for 6 months.
    I'm a British citizen so I presume that gives me some advantage ? I have a British passport, British birth and Marriage cert, I was married in the UK to an English girl - we divourced 2yrs later) Irish bank account, Irish mobile contract, so I'd be able to prove my identity.

    I'm looking to move to the Bucks/Berks/London area to improve my chances of finding accommodation and possibly a job. (there are some jobs I might be ablt to do - well I'll try, if I can't manage then I'll have to give it up)

    Thanks for reading :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,399 ✭✭✭✭r3nu4l

    Yep your NI number will be fine and you should be able to claim benefit almost straight away. that said, i'm sure this will require visiting a Job Centre in person first.

    just make sure that you have all of your details handy, passport and NI number are a start. You should print off and bring copies of your bank statements for the last few years too*. You can open a bank account without these obviously but it's handy to have these things just in case.

    You may be able to save PDF versions from your online bank account to a USB stick. That would be handier for the move.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 393 ✭✭kingofslaves

    Thanks for the info r3nu4l (I remember the old usenet days lol) My bank account has only been open a short while so not very impressive ! But I do have my passport and although have nothing with my N.I. number printed on it, I do remember it precisely. I'll send you a postcard when I get there :)