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ESA confusion :/

I'm wondering if I can get some help please?

I have asked my girlfriend to move in after 2.5 years of being together. She is unable to work due to severe anxiety and depression. She currently claims ESA and is awaiting the results of her medical assessment (10th Jan 2018).

We have used benefits calculators to determine what our entitlements would be. I work full time, 48 hours a week with an income of £32500. Based on our circumstances, calculators have informed us she qualifies for contributory based ESA. The confusion starts when we read the criteria for the contributory scheme. It says she qualifies if she has contributed enough towards National Insurance, which she hasn't as she has never worked. Is this scenario based on her circumstances or our circumstances? I obviously make regular National Insurance payments through my wages. It's a very confusing system for someone who has no idea how the benefits system works :/

I look forward to hearing from you


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