Start date of claim where partner has died

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    We have received new claims where the applicant could have been eligible for a Pension Credit from 6 October, however, they have only made the claim after their partner has died. Obviously we do not want to get into a situation of writing for details of the deceased spouse. Do we set the claim up as a single person on the PC award from 061003 or from the Monday following recipt of the claim?


    You can backdate the HB claim to Oct but not necessarily the PC passport.
    Backdating is automatic but the date of claim has nothing to do with entitlement. It could be for instance that the deceased partner had a private pension which died with him.

    I would advise paying HB from the date of receipt and then writing to explain the position about possible ent from Oct (to a next of kin?).

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