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Hi, I wonder if you could help?

 

My mum is disabled, has been for over 15 years now following an industrial related illness.

 

She receives HB and other Benefits (not sure exactly what), she only ever had the one job and last year received a triviality payment in relation to the pension she had, this was a grand totla of £300 (she was only employed for a couple of years).

 

She has had her HB stopped and told she must go in for an interview under caution as they have evidence that she is receiving a pension which is being paid into undisclosed bank accounts! This is ludicrous, my mum can't switch on a computer let alone commit fraud!

 

I am really worried about her, she is not well at all and does not cope with stress, she is distraught and very nervous, especially as my father is her carer but not allowed into interview with her.

 

Does anybody know if we can insist on her having someone present at the interview? And also any ideas on what she can expect at the interview? I have advised her to just remain calm and insist on seeing their evidence so we can prove it is wrong, I have also said if they ask her anything she doesn't understand she is to say she doesn't understand and declines to answer.

 

Any advise greatly appreciated.

 

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Hi, yes, the letter says that she is receiving an undisclosed pension into undisclosed bank accounts, she has already sent them all the paperwork around the £300 which she declared at the time anyway. They are claiming that she has another pension/bank accounts that she hasn't declared.

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Interview Under Caution is covered by PACE and as such there are (one of) three people who should be allowed into the interview with your mum, a solicitor/legal representative, appropriate adult and/or interpreter. It's worthwhile seeing a solicitor and checking: a) she can get legal aid; and b) he will attend the interview with her.

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I am really worried about her, she is not well at all and does not cope with stress, she is distraught and very nervous, especially as my father is her carer but not allowed into interview with her.

 

 

 

Not allowing your father in the IUC would suggest he's involved in the case. Does he receive a pension or any other income that has not been declared on the claims?

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