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    • By Second Account 17th Jul 17, 4:47 AM
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    Benefit Entitlement - Joint ESA claim -> Finding Work
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    • 17th Jul 17, 4:47 AM
    Benefit Entitlement - Joint ESA claim -> Finding Work 17th Jul 17 at 4:47 AM
    Hello,

    I'm asking on behalf of someone else for benefit advice and to make sure they arnt missing something.

    Him and his partner both live with his parents and due to his depression they had a joint claim for ESA.

    Now his partner has gotten a job he is unable to claim ESA at all because his partner is earning money. She is only working 24 hours a week at £5.60 an hour so they are actually worse off when you take into account her travel expenses to get to work, which doesn't seem right to me.

    It seems the only benefit that he can claim is Job Seekers Allowance which he refuses to claim because he is unable to work due to depression so isn't looking for work.

    Have they missed anything because it seems strange for his partner to be worse off when working.

    Thanks,
    SA
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    • By Londonsu 17th Jul 17, 7:05 AM
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    • 17th Jul 17, 7:05 AM
    It is correct (and rightly so) that income based benefits are calculated on the household income for a couple


    As the partner is on £5.60 per hour I take it they are 18-20, that's too young for standard tax credits but they may be able to claim as a couple using the disability criteria as that has no lower age rule but does have conditions
    https://www.gov.uk/working-tax-credit/what-youll-get.


    Has the claimant with depression tried claiming PIP that's not means tested so the partners income is not taken into consideration.


    I am surprised that he has been told he can claim JSA because for income based JSA the partners salary will be taken into consideration the threshold for a couple is £114.85 the couples household income would be £134.40 so too high for IB JSA


    I would suggest they put their details in a benefits calculator like http://www.entitledto.co.uk/benefits-calculator/startcalc.aspx.


    The only other way to get more money if one cant work is for the other to get more hours or take a second job
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