Deciding to Move

Last updated: July 2022

You may decide with your community OT, that, for a number of reasons, your current home won’t work for you and your child. 

Be aware that if you move area, if you receive direct payments for your child’s care, you may receive a different amount after you move, as hourly rates for providing services may differ from council to council. In some cases, you may find that you have to pay for a service you used to receive for free, or vice versa. You will need to let your local authority know that you're moving so that they can contact the appropriate department in your new area and arrange their own assessment of your needs.

If you are a tenant looking for a more accessible local authority or Housing Association property, you will need your community OT’s support. If you plan to move to a different area and need a local authority property which has been adapted, families already living in the area have priority, so you may have to wait a long time for a suitable home to become available. You’ll also need to let your local authority know that you're moving so that they can contact the appropriate department in your new area and arrange their own assessment of your needs.