It is very important to let the relevant benefit office know
when there has been a change in your circumstances which could
affect your benefit entitlement. This is because your benefits
depend on the information you gave when you made your claim.
When you make a claim you will be told which changes must be
reported and how long you have to report the change.
Common changes include:
- You start living with someone
- You stop living with someone e.g. Separating from a partner
- You get a job
- Your hours of work change
- You get a pay rise
- You win or inherit some money
- Your child reaches the age of 16 or moves out
- You stop getting benefits like Income Support
- You go into hospital or into residential care.
If your circumstances change, you may be entitled to more
benefit, less benefit, or you may no longer be entitled to get the
benefit at all.
If you do not inform the relevant benefits office you could be
paid too much benefit and have to pay it back, and this could count
as fraud which is a criminal offence.
If you get into trouble because you did not report a change in
your circumstances, it is very important to get expert advice as
soon as you can.
For more information, see the Gov.UK information on civil
penalties for not reporting changes that affect your benefits (link
opens in a new window).
The Gov.UK website has information on
changes that affect your tax credits (link opens in a new
See also the article on Tax credits:
change of circumstances, compliance checks and overpayments
published in the July 2012 Turn2us News e-bulletin for