Ok I saw the solicitor yesterday so thought I would provide an update as I don't know about everyone else but I am finding the new ESA benefit very hard to understand.
Solicitor tells me that although for ppl like myself who had been on long term incapacity which was not means tested/income based, this new benefit is, therefore if your partner works and earns more than a certain amount, even if you qualify you are unlikely to recieve any money, or even if you do it will be for just 365 days befor ceasing.
For those also claiming DLA, it is still worth claiming if you are yet to be assessed as all new DLA assessment will be based on results of the medical you must now have, so if you can appeal and get enough points ton qualify for ESA that will help your DLA case.
In my case he suggested other benefits that I would be better claiming, but as I care for both my autistic daughter and elderly father, I would guess that most of the ones suggested would only be relevant for those caring for other family member, or sick friends/relatives.
I do hope this helps