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Clare
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how do i stop esa benefit

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hello i am looking to stop receiving an esa benefit but i dont know  where to start , would i have to inform jobseeker plus in writing or would a phonecall be enough?

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare and I will do my best to help you
You can do it either way - but a letter that you keep a copy of will assist if there is ever a dispute about when you notified them
I hope that this is of assistance
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

hello clare
thankyou for your answer , would i have to give them a reason for me coming off the benefit and am i able to stop it at anytime i wish? i just want to make a fresh start into the new year

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
They will only want a reason to confirm that you have notified them at the earliest opportunity
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

hello again clare


am i duty bound by law to give them a reason could i not just say that i wish to stop it?

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
No you are not unless they ask
Clare
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

hello again clare


what would happen if they asked me for a reason but i failed to give them one?

Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
Hi
Then there is the risk that they will investigate to see if there is reason to suspect that you were in fact not entitled to ESA to begin with.
Whether this is a real risk or not is hard to tell
Clare