Hope this is a quick and easy one. We know that:
– a member of a couple can claim UC as single person in various situations, including when the other partner is physically absent from GB; and
– their income and capital are still aggregated if the situation lasts for no longer than six months
I gather that DWP’s favoured method for gathering details of income and capital is to get the ineligible partner to make a claim, even though this does not have any legal effect on the date of the eligible partner’s entitlement: it’s just a convenient way of asking the relevant questions. I can see how that is workable when the ineligible partner is physically in GB and has NRPF etc. But what about cases where the ineligible partner is outside GB: will the system accept a claim if the user is at a location outside GB? Is that still the preferred method of evidence gathering?