New Style ESA eligablity via relaxtion rules
I have read several helpful answers from the scope community regarding new style ESA and eligibility for carers and I would appreciate if someone could clarify a question I have. My wife has been a carer for my daughter for 6 years and has received carers allowance since 2014 when she stopped full time work. She worked for 30 years until 2014 and paid full NI contributions. She has worked part time since 2014 did not earn enough to pay employment NI contributions. My wife has been ill for several years and is no longer able to work or care for my daughter which I now do. Her ESA application was refused because she has met condition 1 in that she has full NI class 1 contributions from being a carer for tax years 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 but does not meet condition 2 of employment contributions for at least 26 weeks in the above 2 tax years. I did see a post from Poppy123456 (sorry couldn’t find it again) that under relaxation rules that any years employment NI contributions can count. Please can you confirm if this is for condition 2 or only for condition 1. Another site mentions legalisation 9 covers relaxed rules for carers but I could not find any further information to back this up (so much confusing information on different sites). Thank you.