Re: accused of benefit fraud
It's classed as a change in circumstances by the council.
Originally Posted by loan_ranger
You are under an obligation to inform your local council office of any change within 30 days.
Until you contact them and provide proof they will automatically suspend the benefit payments.
It's a bit of a pain if you're changing benefits, ill or just had it stopped and need the income. Though it's understandable on the councils part as it stops overpayments to people not entitled any more or signing off.
They will/should send you a letter saying they've been informed of a change by DWP and giving you 30 days from the date on it to provide the evidence requested in it. It will also inform you that your payments will be suspended until such time and the claim closed after the 30 days is up.
As soon as the evidence is provided payments are resumed and anything owed paid.
It's usually sign a statement i.e. I am living off savings until..../provide 1-2 months of bank statements/letter off DWP about entitlement.
I've just had to do this (last Friday) as applying for ESA meant my JSA claim stopped automatically.