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    • So with a long working history, which she can evidence, it should not be a problem. Still have to go though HRT process for any benefit application, if they have been out of the UK for more than 6 weeks. It won't be a smooth process though. Suggest they try to get advice via Embassy, before they start any journey.
    • Dep Thx Eric's Brother. There was a person on this forum who told me his case was thrown out at the same court because of the contract. I requested more info, but he has disappeared since his case was dismissed.  I was just wondering whether it was worth whacking off a letter to IPS pointing out one of their members, using their logo, is making a claim based on illegal signage and other issues in contravention of their Code of Practice. Would they lean on VCS to withdraw, do you think?
    • Mother and father worked here and then went to SA in about 1978 returning to UK in about 1996 and worked here until 2016 when her husband died at age 66.  He was still working at the time.  She then went to live with daughter in SA.  Mother only claims for her pension. 
    • Thanks, I owe the money, no issue with that, I will SAR the company.  If I need to just pay it and have the CCJ for a few years so be it.  Just thought I'd explore all options
    • By the way you wrote that post, i can see that you are as confused by the situation as someone reading it. Important advice must be not to pay for any flights etc, until they understand the situation fully. Those that have British passports could be entitled to receive UK benefits. However, nothing is that straightforward. The passport does guarantee anything. The daughter could be entitled to Universal Credit ( which includes housing) as a British passport holder, but this can only be confirmed when she has gone through the Habitual Residency test (HRT). So you will need to read about HRT for British passport holders returning to the UK. There will be requirements to provide information about why they are returning to the UK and what work searches have they done to find work on their return to the UK. In regard to the mother who has a British passport, you will be correct in presuming that no council is going to be helpful in paying for the care home fees immediately on arrival in the UK. When did the mother last live in the UK ? When did the mother last work in the UK ? British embassy in South Africa may be able to provide information and assist with applications ? Just getting on a plane, landing in the UK and expecting help to resolve their situation, would be a silly thing to do. I can see the mother ending up in an NHS hospital for a period, while people wondered how they were going to deal with the situation. Probably not the first to do this, but if the mother also has a South African passport, they could put her on a plane back to SA and then the Daughter would be a difficult situation. Embassy in South Africa must be first place of advice.
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Hi Terrified Debt I have recieved exactly the same generic letter early last week. 

I need to call today or tomorrow please can I ask did they just want information for the year they asked ? As I have a large problem with mine. 

I still have childcare on my award this year but wasn’t aware until this letter came. I haven’t had childcare since Oct 18.

This letter is for Apr 19- now so do I tell them I’ve had no childcare in the period asked for or say since Oct 18. There are conflicting posts many saying they were only querying that year and they could have gone back years etc. Thankyou for any advice you can offer x 

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As tempting as it is, mine also stated April 2019, I told them it was back to jan 2019.

 

Whilst the lady said she was only concerned with this year, she did the back office will deal with the previous time. I’ve since received an amended claim. I also had the element that I hadn’t updated my to a joint. 
 

in all honesty, as scary as it is, the lady was fine on the phone didn’t judge or ask why I’d not reported it. I apologised profusely and now I know that I’m not going to receive a check asking about previous years and be in the same position. If I’d have not backdated it to jan I’d have always been worried about if it got found out or if they did check it. 
 

ring now and save unnessary worry

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Thanks for your reply, I really appreciate it.

i just didn’t  know what to do as other posts state only to give them the info/ period they are asking for.

Does that mean the back office will be in touch h with you for the other period or have you had both years amended now x and did they charge you a penalty for your overpayment, forgetting to tell them ? 

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Just tell them the truth, and what they need to know. You may end up having to pay something back.


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Thankyou yes I have no issue with paying back it’s my mistake 

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Just find out how much / if you owe anything.  If you do they will either take a small percentage off your current award or you will end up paying an affordable amount per month.

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I just told them everything and then nothing can come back and I’m not going to be worried about it. 

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This is your chance to get away with it so to speak, with only an overpayment and no further action taken, as harsh as that may sound.

 

Ring them, tell them what happened and sort out a repayment plan and the matter is dealt with.

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Thankyou for all you’re replies I’ve done this the lady said it will Be cancelled off from Apr 19 and they will issue the award notice with overpayment even though I advised her from October 18 ? 

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I would honestly ring and check to make sure it goes back to October 18. It’s better than worrying about it 

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