Death of claimant

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  • #281199
    semaj
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    Hi, I have a claimant who was a partner on a claim for HB until his partner suddenly passed away – he remained on continuous IS after the death as he was the original claimant for IS but not HB. Am i correct in thinking that as a working age claimant after his partners death he needed to claim UC and stop IS to be able to claim Housing Costs or was he was protected and could make a claim for HB in his own right and stay on HB. The situation has become very confusing as unfortunately the claimant has received quite a lot of incorrect advice from various sources.

    #281200
    pbirks
    Participant

    A HB claim ended because the claimant died.
    The partner on that claim would have to make a NEW CLAIM for housing benefit – but a new claim for HB can only be made if the customer lives in supported/ specified/temporary accommodation, or is of pension age.

    If none of those criteria apply, then your customer needs to claim UC for help with housing costs.

    #281201
    Peter Barker
    Keymaster

    If he is working age and it is a general needs tenancy, he cannot make a new claim for HB. His options are to claim UC (recommended) or just make do with IS (not recommended). Will also lose eligibility for IS after 8 weeks anyway if he was claiming as a carer for the deceased partner.

    #281202
    semaj
    Participant

    thanks for the clarity on this subject.

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