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Okay so like any good AA meeting should start, hi I'm martin and I'm accused of benefit fraud.
I was sent to intraining (DWP work proggrame) I realised quickly that they pigeonhole people into either care, customer service, retail, or deliveries, but I see myself as a budding graphic designer and mobile app developer I expressed this opinion and it turned out there was someone there who knew how to help me and told me the best thing I could do was to build a portfolio
so of course that is what I've done making logos and designs for some businesses, one my uncle and one my friends, I haven't been paid for the work nor did they request the work to be done
but I've yesterday received a text telling me I have a compliance interview today, no letter although they assure me it was sent and I should speak to my local post office,
regardless I attended this interview today and they say that somebody has anonymously told them I have been working whilst receiving benefits, so thinking it could only be related to that, I start telling them everything,
the investigator tells me that I have still provided a service and therefore have broken the law, at this point I terminated the interview feeling that the interviewer hadn't grasped the full situation and was more intent on pinning something on me than finding the full information,
so I called citizens advice (who are next to useless nowwadays) and have just called a solicitor to mount a 'benefits defence?'
But I saw some great advice here and I was hoping someone may be able to point me in the right direction as to how to look at my case from there eyes, what to expect and how best to represent myself,
any all advice appreciated many thanks