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Thankfully this is not about me, but a friend who does not have access to the internet.
He is in the Support Group of ESA (Contributory based)
He is married.
Neither work and no other benefits are in payment.
He is working as a sole trader under the Permitted Work rules. The DWP are happy with the type of work.
He has the opportunity of expanding the business which will mean that his income will go from £100 a week (net) (4 hours) - to about £400 a week (net) (16 hours)
To keep his ESA he knows that he cannot have an income of more than approx £115 a week. The hours are OK. If he was to take his wife into the business as a partner with a guaranteed income of £300 a week would this be accepted by the DWP as legit so that he could continue claiming ESA?
Doing this would keep HIS income down to £100 a week but the household income would go from £100 to £400 a week.
My stance on this is that it might not be illegal but it certainly is immoral.
But I promised I would ask the question.
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