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After living with my mum and dad and my 18 month old and claiming income support, I moved into my own flat with my son and claimed housing benefit in september 2009, On Monday july 26th 2010 I finally filled in a change of address form for Income support for my new address and sent it off today. Im now terribly worried that they will notice I have been claiming income support at my old address and notifying them 10 months later. What will the repurcussions be? The amount of benefits I get would not go up nor down, so I will not have gained or lost benefits for this late address change. Just basically claimed for that address rather than this one, by forgetting to change my details. Will ALL benefits be stopped if I am investigated? How will I pay my rent and feed my 18 month old? I am a lone parent. I am worried sick by this.

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Technically, it's an offense to fail to report a change of circumstances, though it's not "fraud" in the normally understood sense if you didn't benefit financially.

 

In practice, I can't see them getting upset about it. Certainly, when I worked there this was not an uncommon situation. As long as the change doesn't mean you've been overpaid benefit, I wouldn't worry about it.


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Highly unlikely, providing there has been no other change of circumstances which would affect your entitlement to benefit. It's not that uncommon for people to move and not inform all the relevant people (I forget myself everyone I need to inform). Don't do it again though, because if you move address and they write to you at the address they hold and are advised you no longer live there (letter returned "not known at this address", or "addressee gone away" ect) they can stop your benefit claim straight away.


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Also as you are claiming I.S as a lone parent you need to attend WFIs. If the system doesnt hold your current address you will not get the letter to attend, so you could end up sanctioned so notifiy them straight away if you move again

Its strange the LA hasnt notified I.S about your change of address, as they usually keep the department informed.

 

You should always notifiy the COA as soon as possible as its a change of circumstance, but you have been lucky and it wont effect your benefit this time.

But if letters had been returned from your old address the claim would have been suspended straight away to prompt contact.

 

Dont worry the system will soon be updated your money wil not be effected, :)

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If it's spotted you might get a compliance visit, but that's nothing to worry about. They just check that there has been no overpayment & that your current benefit details/rate are correct etc.

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I doubt they'll even notice! :rolleyes:

 

I was allegedly overpaid 3 weeks IS over 6 yrs ago now and it took them 5 and a half years to track me down to get it back, i appealed but lost it because i didnt get it in within 12 months of them writing to me.

 

Would've been difficult as i was evicted from the home i was living at AND back at work when they realised i was allegedly overpaid.

 

They then took it from my IB 5 yrs later without even having the courtesy to tell me they were going to :-x


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