I live with my partner in a small flat which we pay half the rent for each, bills are our own concern but we try to split things 50/50.
I work on a permanent basis earning £16k annually
My partner has just graduated from University but the jobs market in her field is tough. She's tried freelancing and a few other things but hasn't yet found a "proper" job - she is trying to find work though.
However, we're hard up at the moment and finally swallowed our pride and got her to go and see about signing on - only to be told that she can't!
Why? Because I have a job that pays £16,000 a year.
I'm here to ask if that's right and if there's anything that can be done about it. My partner and I are not married nor legally joined in any way - there is no arrangement where I give her money on a formal basis. So I'm wondering on what grounds I am expected to support both of us - especially as I've not been asked any details about my own income or means by the JSA agency.
If anyone has any experience or advice in this situation - I'd welcome it. I know her finding work is the best possible idea but being realistic, she hasn't got a job and I can't support us both in the long term on my own salary.