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Why was I taken off ESA?

kevtullykevtully Member Posts: 2 Listener
Can you please explain why many years ago I was taken off esa because my wife worked 30 hours a week as it still confuses me? although i worked up to being ill?

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  • Antonia_ScopeAntonia_Scope Member Posts: 1,783 Pioneering
    Hi @kevtully

    Thank you for sharing this with. I am sorry to hear about this. Some of our members may be able to help you with this.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    You were most likely claiming Income related ESA and your wife returning to work would have meant you wouldn't have been entitled to claim.

    Had you been claiming Contributions based ESA then your wife working wouldn't have affected your claim.
    Community champion and 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.
  • kevtullykevtully Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Ah, thank you, makes my blood boil though, we lived hand to mouth for a number of years they kept assessing me to see if I was able to work? I passed every time but they finally got their way by taking my sickness benefit off me HORRIBLE PEOPLE.

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Income related benefits are means tested, which means household income from a partner that works affects what you can claim. As your partner worked 30 hours per week then you wouldn't have been entitled to anything at that time.
    Community champion and 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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