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Would I qualify for maintenance?

pastorpeterpastorpeter Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi folks.im married 2years to my filipino wife.can you tell me.i have stage4 terminal lung cancer.im on esa £125 per wk.pip is enhanced £124 per wk.im just about to rent new flat where my rent and mort of councl tax is paid by the council.would i qualify on maintainece.i have worked most of my life and served my country in guards regiment.i need my wife.thankyou all

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  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @pastorpeter

    Good Morning & Welcome.

    It’s great to meet you today.

    We have got some “Benefit Advisors” on our site.

    I will forward your post if that will help !!!!!  

    Hi @BenefitsTrainingCo

    Can you please assist me with this post????

    Many thanks.
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hello pastorpeter

    To ensure that we are giving you correct advice. I need a bit more  information. 

    You mentioned that you are on maintenance.  What do you mean by this? Is this an income you receive from serving in the guards regiment? 

    In addition you mentioned that your wife is from the Philippines?  I just wanted to check if your wife is subject to any immigration control e.g. needed leave to enter or remain in GB, or has any 'no recourse to public funds' restriction? 

    Maria


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  • pastorpeterpastorpeter Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi thanks for reply.i want to bring my wife to uk.the maitainence is a way on spouse visa if on any disability benifits.would i qualify on my full pip and esa support group.
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering

    Hi @pastorpeter,

    What you are looking for here is immigration advice not benefits advice I think.

    My vague understanding of the subject (and what I think you're asking) is that where sponsors are in receipt of disability benefits (such as yourself) the earnings threshold for immigration applications is waived, and you only need to show that you are receiving enough benefit to meet the 'applicable amount' for both yourself and your wife. If what you want to know is "what is that" the answer is:-

    114.85 basic couples rate + rent + council tax (depending on what you are liable for). So if you receive full Housing Ben and Council Tax Ben, then PROBABLY you are within the exception.

    HOWEVER, let me offer a very severe disclaimer here, that what I think you require is immigration advice, from an immigration adviser, and I would strongly urge you to seek that, as aside from avoiding the earnings threshold, there are A LOT of other costs involved in immigration applications.

    Best of luck with it though - I wish you every success!

    Kind regards,

    Mary

    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • pastorpeterpastorpeter Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thankyou for your help.
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