Can you make a joint claim for UC if one partner works?

My head is absolutely spinning because I can’t seem to get clear advice about this. My partner is too unwell to work and I work full time. I had previously been told my partner couldn’t claim universal credit due to my earnings. So for the last few years he hasn’t been. However I have now been told by someone who works in this line of work that my partner CAN get some UC if he is assessed as having limited capacity for work. Does anyone know about this? I am just so confused

Call our Carers UK helpline, then they can go through everything with you.

Have you tired a calculator this might give you some idea. Nothing is confirmed unless an application is process. So take the finding as a guide.

What would you lose even if you made an application?

Universal Credit (UC): Capital/ Savings
Any capital/ savings you have under £6,000 is ignored.

Any capital/ savings you have between £6,000 and £16,000 is treated as if it gives you a monthly income of £4.35 for each £250, or part of £250, regardless of whether it does or not. So if you have £6,300 in a savings account, £6,000 of it will be ignored and the other £300 will be treated as giving you a monthly income of £8.70.

If you have capital/ savings over £16,000 as a single claimant or as a couple you will not be entitled to Universal Credit. Some capital can be ignored when working out if you are entitled to Universal Credit.

If you are a member of a couple but have to make a claim as a single person, your partner’s capital/ savings will still be taken into account.

Dear Fishface

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with best wishes

Thanks so much for the replies, I will get in touch with the helpline