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If my partner moved in with me, what would I lose?

PolkaBirdiePolkaBirdie Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi,
ive been looking for the answers but because my situation is a little complex I can’t find the answers I’m looking for. Currently, I live alone. I have a two bedroom property and the second bedroom is allowed on a carer basis of having people stay with me several nights a week. I receive enhanced daily living and enhanced mobility PIP, and I am also in the income based ESA support group. I receive housing benefit, inclusive of the second bedroom. I would still need this second bedroom if he moved in, as when he stays with me while I don’t need anyone else to stay additionally, he has to sleep in the spare room more often than not because of my health. I could easily get a letter to state this from a doctor. 

If my partner was to move in with me, how much should I expect to lose? I am currently on the old style benefits so I know at minimum I will lose things like the severe disability premium just for switching to UC, due to the change of circumstance. 

My partner works four days a week, currently at around £16,000 PA.  He is also a part time student with the OU. He doesn’t have more than 4K in savings.  He has the potential to work 3 days a week instead of four, if that would change anything. 

Could anyone advise me? I want to live with him but I can’t afford to lose all my money. I know PIP won’t change but it feels like everything else will get taken away and I’m worried. I want to live my life but I can’t afford nor do I want to be dependent on him.


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  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 4,388 Disability Gamechanger
    "Putting a child into care, isn't caring for a child" (T.Rhattigan)
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,125 Pioneering
    edited July 11
    Having a partner move in does not require you to change to UC. You simply report the change of circumstances to ESA and Housing Benefit and they will be revised. You will lose the SDP (unless they also get a disability benefit).

    Any savings and income your partner has will be taken into account.

    If any of your ESA is contribution based that will not be affected, it is only the income based part that is affected. Very important therefore to check the make up of your existing ESA award.

    You could put the details into a benefits calculator.
    https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators


    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • PolkaBirdiePolkaBirdie Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you for the replies. My mum has worked with supported housing before so she said the change of circumstances will trigger me moving to Universal Credit - it will be interesting to see if that’s not the case (much preferred!). He doesn’t have any benefit claims himself, he does struggle with his MH but he is able to work. 

    I tried the calculators but it says it doesn’t account for students and I wasn’t sure about the potential of working less affecting it. I think I might phone a helpline and ask :) 
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,125 Pioneering
    edited July 12
    The only thing that causes a move to UC is making a claim for it. Some changes of circumstances for existing benefits result in the end of the existing benefit which means that a claimant has no option but to apply for UC if they want to continue to receive benefit. Having a partner move in will not cause the end of your ESA or HB so there would be no need for you to claim UC.

    Try the calculator ignoring his student status to get a sense of the numbers based on his earnings. Being a part time OU student shouldn't make any difference.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • PolkaBirdiePolkaBirdie Member Posts: 3 Listener
    I wanted to make an update in case someone sees this and is in a similar situation. I spoke to a disability advice person today, and unfortunately it confirmed the worst. 

    If he moves in with me, it will trigger going onto Universal Credit. As someone who earns just under £16k a year, it will also remove almost all of my money. All we would be entitled to would be my PIP. I would have nothing else. His wages wouldn’t cover the rent and bills and it would leave me with no money anyway. 

    The only way to ensure that didn’t happen, would be for him to give up work and become my carer, and we do a joint universal credit claim. Then we would get housing paid for, and still a similar amount to what I have now, but it would be for the two of us which still essentially loses money for both of us, and it means he has to give up work. 

    So, unfortunately we cannot live together yet, because it’s just too much of a financial hit. We will likely have to live apart until he’s finished his degree, which is very unfortunate. 

    Such a difficult system, I knew I’d take a hit but not that much. 
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,125 Pioneering
    edited July 12
    PolkaBirdie said:..If he moves in with me, it will trigger going onto Universal Credit. ..
    That is not correct.
    PolkaBirdie said:..As someone who earns just under £16k a year, it will also remove almost all of my money. All we would be entitled to would be my PIP. .
    It is quite likely that is the case if he is added to your ESA claim - unless some of your ESA is contribution based.

    Unfortunately, although I believe the advice you have received is incorrect the conclusion may be much the same.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • skhan95skhan95 Member Posts: 45 Listener
    Hi PALKABIRDAL I was in same situation like you couple of month ago and lost everyyyyyything Uc is not giving me anything from 3 months now... its gonna be a big mess moving someone with you and it will not be for a week or 2 its justtt too much stress 
    Uc dnt care if someone moved with you for your care they take everything from your partner's earnings I can't explain you I'm really sorry I become so anxious while writing anything.... now I'm fully dependent on my partner which is I'm not happy with I went 100 times to Jobcentre to get help to tell them please help me at least some but Noooo 
    Please get proper advice before taking any step 
    Good luck :-)
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