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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 decrease
  • 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 know,CONTACT 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 benefit.

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.

 

 

 

Contact Details

 

Benefit Fraud Hotline

Telephone: (0500) 658008

Email: benefitsinvestigation@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

 

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