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ESA claimant dies, partner

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Just wanted to check that my understanding of this is correct. When an ESA claimant dies, the partner can’t continue the claim, is this correct? I advised that they could claim UC but CAB Help to Claim has told them not to but instead MR the closure of the ESA claim.

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Yes the award is personal to the claimant. If the partner dies, the award continues. If the claimant dies, it ends, even if they have a partner included.

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Thanks Elliot, was doubting myself for a moment there.

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BC Welfare Rights - 12 April 2021 12:08 PM

..CAB Help to Claim has told them not to but instead MR the closure of the ESA claim.

That’s a bit depressing.