I'm on incapacity benefit and also recieve some help with my council flat rent and council tax. Although I'm not required to seek work due to my condition I still desperately want to work and have been trying to find a new job I can physically do, to get me back into work and off benefits altogether so I can get a house of my own.
I have been offered free training to become an NVQ assessor, however the training (which is for 12 weeks) is in London, and I live over 200 miles away, meaning I will have to find somewhere to stay in London for the 12 weeks.
This of course is potentially going to leave my flat empty for that time, as I do not recieve any payment for the training, nor any garuntee of a job at the end of it, however they will assist me in trying to find a job once I'm qualified. I don't want to give up my flat as I still need somewhere to live.
While the training is going on I obviously can't afford to rent anywhere, and am still trying to find through friends/family someone who may have a spare room I can stay in while I train.
What I am worried about is that I don't want to get in trouble for my flat being empty for so long, I don't know if my housing and tax assistance will have to be cancelled, but if it is then on incapacity benefit I cannot afford to pay either the rent OR the tax myself, and will be homeless again. In theory I could return to my flat at weekends, but I will probably not be able to afford the petrol to do that.
I need advice on (1) who to talk to about this (without getting in trouble) and (2) how to explain it to them?
I want to point out that I am trying to get myself off benefits by bettering myself, but unfortunatley this free training is only in London.
Anyone on the inside able to give any general advice before I approach housing/benefits officials?