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Joint esa claim

Hello me and my wife are going through a separation and the claim is in her name would I need to put a fresh claim in or can we split the claim into 2 separate claims

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

    As the ESA claim is in your wife's name then you won't be able to start a new claim for Income Related ESA because all areas are now a full universal credit area it will have to be this you claim.

    You can't split the claim into 2 separate claims either.

    Are you fit for work or not?
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  • leon87leon87 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    No I am an ex soldier with complex combat post traumatic stress disorder my mental health hasedt me unable to work with 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    If you're no longer living with your partner then you'll need fit/sick notes from your GP to be able to claim limited capability for work under universal credit.

    I would also recommend you visit your local CAB who will help and advise you with the process.
    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.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing Team, Community Team Posts: 7,914 Scope community team
    Hi @leon87 and welcome to the community. :)
    I'm sorry you're unable to split the ESA claim and that because you're not the main claimant you will be required to start a fresh benefit claim under Universal Credit.

    Best of luck with this and if we can help at all, please don't hesitate to ask. 
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope

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