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Moving in with partner and starting work

leisaaleisaa Member Posts: 1 Listener
Posting here because I wish I had known and hopefully it may help someone else.

I had been on ESA for years and managed to find a fulltime job I could do even with my disability. I started last week and I figured as I was moving in with my partner who also works that we wouldn’t be entitled to any help as his income would stop my esa and so would mine. 

If I had claimed UC before closing my esa, we would have been entitled to a few hundred pound a month to help towards our rent as my support group status would mean I’d have a work allowance and and the LCWRA element on my claim. Now, because ESA closed when I started work I will not get a work allowance on UC and won’t be entitled to any help as my esa won’t transition.

If I had claimed UC first it would have been fine and got some extra help each month on top of our wages. I am actually surprised just how much you can earn as a couple with rent if you get a work allowance and still get help but sadly we have missed out.

I hope this might help someone else not make my mistake  


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    Thanks for the information.

    It's always worth getting a full benefits check before doing anything. UC Isn't perfect but some people are definitely better off claiming this than they were claiming the old legacy benefits, like ESA. Of course the standard allowance has increased by about £85 per month and is in place until April 2021, so this would have also helped.

    If you're claiming PIP or DLA then you can start the LCW process off again for UC but if you're not then working more than 16 hours a weeks means you won't be able to do that now.

    Although even if you're claiming a disability benefit, if the work you do contradicts the reasons why you're claiming LCW then this can go against you.
    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.
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @leisaa

    Good Evening it’s great to meet you today.

    I am one of the Community Champion’s here at Scope.

    Please please let me know if there’s anything that I can help you with?????

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @leisaa! Great to have you with us. :)
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,343 Disability Gamechanger

    Thanks for sharing this with us it is very useful for other members

    Good luck in your new job and I hope the move in with your partner goes well
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