I put in a claim for income related ESA 2 weeks ago, sent in medical certs and the form for my partners earnings as he is self employed, but the business is currently running at a loss as it is a new business start up.
Just had a call from the ESA people and they seemed to not understand the concept of my partner working 16-20 hours a week, but not bringing any money home.
I tried to tell them that at the moment his business outgoings far exceeded his income.
They asked how much he was bringing home again, again I said Nil. They then asked how much he brought home before business expenses, so I told them around £300 a week, but that all gets paid back into his business at the moment and the household sees nothong of this money.
I was then told that the lady on the phone cant make that sort of decision and that it would have to be sent to a decision maker.
I sent in my partners up to date accounts with the claim which shows a loss.
What do you think my chances are? We really could do with the money until the business starts to take off.