If you do not report your change in circumstances promptly you
could be committing an offence.
You must tell us immediately in writing if your
circumstances change (whether the change relates to you, your
partner, any dependant children or any non-dependants who live with
you).If you delay you will likely be overpaid and have to repay the
benefit and run the risk of a criminal investigation and an
interview under caution.
You must let us know if:
- You or your partner stop or start getting Income Support, Job
Seekers Allowance or any other state benefits
- You or your partner's state benefits or any other income
increase or decrease
- Your or your partner's wages increase or decrease
- Your or your partner's savings or investments increase or
- The number of people living with you alters
- Any of your children leave school
- You move
- You have a child
- You start or stop paying childcare costs
- Your rent changes
This is not a full list. You should tell us about any changes
you think may affect your entitlement. If in doubt - let us
You can initially tell us about a change over the telephone. or
face to face.
You can report the change online,or by completing the changes in
circumstances leaflet(see eb site ) or visiting our Solutions
reception at the Council Offices.
You must tell us even if you've told other
offices (such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the
Job Centre Plus or other Council services).
If you have a change of circumstances you must notify us
within one calendar month, otherwise you might lose out on
Remember, even if you are on a low income, you will have
to pay back any money incorrectly paid. If you do not tell
us about changes in your circumstances, we could treat this as
fraud and that could lead to you being prosecuted.
Benefit Fraud Hotline
Telephone: (0500) 658008