I have shared residence of my two children, one disabled, but am not in receipt of either child benefit, tax credits, DLA or mobility as my ex claims everything. She has recently moved from private rent to council rented 3 bed house at £92pw. I have been living with my children for 47% of the year, in a 1 bed flat at £110pw, so I applied to the council for housing. Unfortunately they told me that I am only entitled to a one bed place because i am not in receipt of the child benefits. I am considering appealing against their decision. Has anyone heard of councils accepting shared residence orders and awarding another suitable property to the other parent? I really am struggling to understand everybody''s lack of acceptance of shared residence and why they only help the parent who is receipt of the child benefits!!
There is no obligation on local authorities to house a family in two homes. In the case Holmes-Moorhouse the House of Lords held on appeal that although a Local Authority must consider a shared residence order there is no duty to house both parents because one isn''t in priority need if the other is already housed. Sorry.