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TOPIC: ESA when both partners are ill

ESA when both partners are ill 3 months 2 weeks ago #196193

Hi,
My wife has been in ESA support group for a while now thanks to your guides. She is due for a reassessment now. Since she was first granted ESA, I have become disabled due to illness. How does this impact our claim?
Due to her mental health condition I had to stop work to take care of her as it was unsafe to leave her unattended. Do we continue with the joint claim as in previous years with her as the claimant? Or should we both submit information? I can't find any advice on the Gov website as to what needs doing.

Thanks

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ESA when both partners are ill 3 months 2 weeks ago #196198

Max

With regard to any reassessment that is due, this is about her problems only, support you provide her may help her continue in the SG but beyond that your detailing your problems will not be considered.

You can make your own claim for ESA, but only if you worked during the two Tax Years 2014-15 and 2015-16 as you will need to make a Contribution Based claim. Only one person in a couple can make an Income Related claim and your post suggests that your wife is already receiving this.

Your making an ESA(CB) claim will not necessarily result in your receiving more money, whilst (if successful) you would receive ESA(CB) this would actually be deducted from your wife's payments resulting in your receiving the same money as now. If you were placed in the SG then there would be a slight increase as you would be eligible for the couples rate of the Disability Income Guarantee.

Your receiving NI Credits that count towards a full State Pension.

I would suggest you put you your information into one of the online benefit calculators to get an idea of your options.

www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

Gordon
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