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My partner only works 16 hours, why am i not entitiled to (IR) ESA?

steesasteesa Member Posts: 2 Listener
hi I've received a letter back from hackney ibr, post code wv98 2dy regarding the esa50ibr form I sent off around 9 weeks ago as I was placed on contribution eesa back in 23013 transitioned over from incapacity the letter says I am not entitled to esa(ir) as' my partners part time earnings exceed' ! does anyone know what this means as my partner only works 16hrs, I have looked into this and it says if your partner works for more than 24 hours you wont be entitled so I am very confused as my partner only works 16hours a week,please I need help

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    This is because any earnings your partner receives that are over £20 per week will reduce any income related top up £1 for £1. As the Income related top up is £16.40 per week, from April 2018 it means this will be reduced to zero because of your partners earning.
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  • steesasteesa Member Posts: 2 Listener
    thanks, do you know if working tax credit is counted as an income.

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Yes.
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    To claim a means tested benefit then you need to claim as a couple and your partners income is taken into consideration.

    As your partner is working 16 hours per week, national minimum wage is £7.38 an hour for those aged 21 and over. 16 x 7.38 = £118.08. If you claimed ESA as a couple then the first £20 per week of this income is disregarded. This means that £98.08 per week would be counted as income when claiming the Income related top up. As previously advised because the income related top up is £16.40 per week then this is reduced to zero because of his income. Meaning you're not entitled to any Income related top up.

    Luckily you're claiming contributions based ESA which isn't affected by his income and you get to keep all of the £110.75 per week. Otherwise you wouldn't be entitled to as much as that. Hope this helps.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
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