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Thank you for your question. The next of kin is not liable to repay the DWP. Your late father’s estate is responsible for this. The estate can also pursue the partner’s son for taking money out of the account which he was not entitled to do. If there is a will then the executor takes charge of this. If there is no will then you apply to the court to be appointed executor dative. The taking of the money from a deceasedks bank account after death is also theft and can be reported to the police. I hope that helps. Happy to discuss further. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.