Patricia Pearl - Small Claims Procedure - A Practical Guide


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    Question Can you find out if bank accounts accessed or monitored by DWP

    I recently had a compliance interview and was asked to bring bank statements. However the officer didn't really look at them or take them, but I'm sure she was looking at some paperwork that I'm convinced was her own copy...... can I find out from my bank if the DWP or any third party has accessed my bank statements ........... thanks!


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    Default Re: Can you find out if bank accounts accessed or monitored by DWP

    Did they ask you any questions? Can you say what it was? They photocopied my bank statement, tenancy agreement, passport but did not ask any questions and claim that was it: they just wanted to update my file because I've just finished the Work Programme and the details the JCP holds are 2 years old, pre WP.


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    Default Re: Can you find out if bank accounts accessed or monitored by DWP

    Compliance officers cannot access your bank account. If authorised DWP officers have accessed your details (very, very few have this power) then there's no way to find that out, any more than you can force the police to tell you that they're investigating you.

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    Default Re: Can you find out if bank accounts accessed or monitored by DWP

    oh, ok thanks. My boyfriend (who I don't live with for goodness sake!) wants to pay 20 into my account to cover my internet subscription as I am fully over-drawn even after receiving my JSA, but I'm too scared in case they are monitoring my account ...so frustrating....I guess even after compliance interview, the `decision maker' may have decided to access my account :S


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    Default Re: Can you find out if bank accounts accessed or monitored by DWP

    Quote Originally Posted by Jmarie80 View Post
    oh, ok thanks. My boyfriend (who I don't live with for goodness sake!) wants to pay 20 into my account to cover my internet subscription as I am fully over-drawn even after receiving my JSA, but I'm too scared in case they are monitoring my account ...so frustrating....I guess even after compliance interview, the `decision maker' may have decided to access my account :S
    Decision Makers can't access your account. As I said, only a very limited number of Fraud Investigators can do this, and they need to be able to justify the action by showing that they have articulable suspicion that you are committing a crime. They can't just go on whimsical fishing expeditions into the bank accounts of random claimants. A one-off gift of 20 is not going to trigger a fraud investigation.

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