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Moving in with partner

Dobbo1292Dobbo1292 Member Posts: 5 Listener
Hi 
Me and my partner are thinking of moving in together, however he works full time and I claim ESA, its income based and I'm in the support group, will my money stop when we move in together? I also get PIP but i dont really want to be that dependant on someone.
Thanks

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  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,793 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 8
    If he works full time it is likely that will result in no ESA being payable if your claim is entirely income based. If any of it is contribution based that will not be affected. Check your award.
    PIP is not affected.
    If you claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction those will also be affected.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Dobbo1292Dobbo1292 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    I thought That might be the case, but I’ve read conflicting things online... 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,075

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    Hello @Dobbo1292. Do you claim anything else such as housing benefit and do you know if your ESA is all income-related or contribution based at all?
    It may be worth you using a benefit calculator to see if you may be better off under UC.
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  • Dobbo1292Dobbo1292 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    I think it’s all income based, but if I’m honest I’m scared to ring and ask. I’ll do a benefit calculator though 
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,793 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 8
    Dobbo1292 said:
    I think it’s all income based, but if I’m honest I’m scared to ring and ask. I’ll do a benefit calculator though 
    Either find your last award letter and look at the calculation or ring ESA to find out if any of your ESA is contribution based. A calculator may not be helpful unless you know how your ESA is made up.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Dobbo1292Dobbo1292 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    I’ll have a look for my award letter, god knows where it is though! The house isn’t ready for me and my partner yet so it’s not a massive rush of that makes sense 
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,793 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 8
    When you originally claimed had you been in work before claiming or were you transferred from Incapacity Benefit? If transferred from IB you may well have some contribution based entitlement and if you were working in the two to three years before claiming you may also have contribution based entitlement depending on how much you were earning.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Dobbo1292Dobbo1292 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    I worked for about 6 months before I went off ill and subsequently lost my job. I was earning minimum wage 
  • calcotticalcotti Member Posts: 2,793 Disability Gamechanger
    Dobbo1292 said:
    I worked for about 6 months before I went off ill and subsequently lost my job. I was earning minimum wage 
    If that was your only work in the two to three years before claiming then it is likely that the award is entirely income based.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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