Irrelevant. The DWP are the gatekeepers and they get to make the decision to award benefit or not. And as the billions in unpaid benefits proves, plenty of people who qualify are being left out. Having dealt with poorly trained DWP staff myself, and having heard from others who have made use of their services, I'm not convinced that's largely due to people thinking they don't deserve them. People can't eat pride. Well if you and your partner feel secure enough that you can do that, great for you. But the whole point of a having a social safety net is that it's not just about you.