Louise is a journalist at BuzzFeed UK and they are doing a series of pieces boosting our focus on disability in July.
She says “I’m wondering if you could help me with a possible story I’ve comes across.
I spoke to a lady who uses a wheelchair, who told me that she feels unable to move in with her partner (who is not disabled) because if she does, she will lose her ESA benefits.
She says that if she moved in to live with her partner, her ESA would be removed, because her partner works more than 24 hours a week at minimum wage, meaning she would be completely dependent on her partner to support both of them. She says this is barely possible, so it means she can never live with a partner without seriously depleting both of their quality of life.”
If you are in a similar situation or affected by the earnings rule for income based ESA Louise would like to speak to people for an article to raise awareness of this.
Please contact her directly.
Louise Ridley | BuzzFeed UK | News Editor, Longform and Special Projects
@louiseridley | 020 3829 4712 | 40 Argyll Street, 2nd Floor, London, W1F 7EB