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Hardship Payments - Hardship Payments and claiming other benefits or tax credits

Hardship payments are reduced-rate payments of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC) that are made in limited circumstances, including if you have been sanctioned.

Hardship Payments and claiming other benefits or tax credits

If your benefit is being paid at a reduced rate or nil if you have a partner, consider whether they could claim Income Support, income-based JSA, income-related ESA or Pension Credit instead of you. If so, continue to claim JSA or ESA hardship payments until your partner’s claim has been decided (to cover the period while the claim is being processed). However, let the DWP know that this is what you are doing so that there is no overpayment. If your partner’s claim for benefit is accepted, your entitlement to hardship payments ends.

Whilst getting  JSA, ESA or  UC hardship payments you are still entitled to full Housing Benefit and other passported benefits in the usual way.

If your partner counts as being in full-time paid work for working tax credit (WTC) purposes  check if you might be better off claiming WTC.  You should seek further advice in this case . You can use our Find an Adviser tool to find local advice in your area.

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