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ESA with SDP, partner on UC and PIP wants to move in…

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Is there any reason why the partner can’t end her UC claim, then move in and be added to his ESA claim?  That would entitle them to a double SDP. 

This thread seems to say it’s theoretically possible (but that she would need to have a clear break of one assessment period) but difficult in practice:  Although this was back in the days of the SDP gateway I assume the principle is still the same - a previous history of UC shouldn’t bar someone from becoming a partner on a legacy benefit claim. 

Has anyone seen a client successfully navigate their way into a joint ESA claim?

[ Edited: 23 Dec 2021 at 04:27 pm by Cordelia ]