Absent partner

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    tracycox
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    Advice please.  Have a query from a customer who is enquiring as to whether they can claim benefit.  Currently on a full charge for Council tax.

    He is 65 years old has very little income – he has a wife but says she does not reside with him – she is a full time carer and stays the majority of her time at the places where she has to care.  He states that she does not have any belongings at his property and her belongings are in her car.  However, he also states that she pays the bills at the property that he lives in as he can not afford them.

    He is adament that she should not be included in his benefit claim as does not live with her – I am thinking that they are still a couple and as she is paying the bills and does not have a main residence anywhere else should still be included in the claim.

    Can anyone advise further on this

    #124319
    peterdelamothe
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    This is a matter of fact and you have to make a judgement call as to whether they are stil living as a household. She may well be busy with care and some of her stuff may be in her car but ….I agree that you need more than that.

    Of course it could be that she has left him for another partner and he is too embarrassed to admit it. Unfortunately you can only make a decision on the facts you have …but perhaps asking him to explain the position in a bit more detail? I can remember a similar case where it went all the way to a Tribunal before the chap admitted his wife had left him (for a woman in fact) and gave the new address etc. A lot of time wasted but the human being has emotions that does not always fit in well with benefits administration.

    #124329
    nickkeogh
    Participant

    [quote=peterdelamothe] A lot of time wasted but the human being has emotions that does not always fit in well with benefits administration.[/quote]

    Something that down the years I wish assessors would bear in mind more often while considering backdates, late notifications etc etc

    #124331
    John Boxall
    Participant

    It certainly sounds as though she is no longer living with him – after all what does she do on her ‘days off’ – I would expect her to ‘go home’ however clearly she does not

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

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