I need help, my partner has been accused of benefit fraud.
Basically we were signing on but then we both got jobs, so we signed off and told them that we were starting work (they should have the recording of the phone call we made and our signing off sheets) and they told us that they (the Job centre) would inform the council of these changes.
But they didn't inform them and we still got paid housing benefit. We left it and were just expecting an overpayment letter, which never came, but the letter for the benefit fraud interview did.
This is even more complicated by the fact that my partners new job is working for the council and for the benefits agency so he is suspended at work while the investigation is on going.
We genuinely didn't think we were doing anything wrong, we have saved up all the money in rent and council tax that they have paid, as we were just expecting an overpayment letter which we would have paid in full, but now if this goes further my partner will be out of a job and it will be harder for him to get another one.
But I need to stress that we informed them of the changes and considering that our housing benefit was given to us as long as we were signing on and we signed of in November they should know his and we told them that we started work as soon as we did and they made the mistake, will this count for anything?
Any comments or advice is welcomed?