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  • Fraud Investigations

    Benefit or Tax Credit fraud is an offence which may be committed by making: a) False representation for claiming benefits or tax credits, or b) Dishonest representation for claiming benefits or tax credits Special rules allow for investigation and prosecution where you ...

  • Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) sanctions

    If you are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and do not follow the terms of your Jobseeker's Agreement, you may have your benefit reduced or stopped for a set period of time, this is known as a sanction.

  • Nationals of non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries

    Non-EEA nationals will be subject to immigration rules and their right to benefits will be defined by their immigration status.

  • Part time students and benefits

    Find out more about the definition of a part-time student for benefit purposes and whether you can claim any benefits or tax credits

  • Pension Credit

    Pension Credit is extra money for low income pensioners to bring their weekly income up to a minimum amount.

  • Prisoners - Partner in prison

    If your partner is in prison you may be eligible for benefits to help you financially. If you are already claiming benefits, some of these might change to reflect your new circumstances.

  • Prisoners on release

    This guide provides information about the benefits which may be available to you if you are on release from prison, depending on your personal circumstances.

  • Prisoners on remand

    Entitlement to most benefits ceases or is suspended while you are on remand. Most benefits are paid in arrears, so you may be owed some benefits payments. You should inform the office that pays your benefit of your change of circumstances and request the arrears be paid to ...

  • Prisoners serving a sentence

    Your entitlement to most benefits stops while serving a custodial sentence in prison as a result of a criminal conviction. If you are claiming benefits and about to go into prison or you are on remand, you should contact the office that pays your benefit as soon as possible...

  • Refugee leave and humanitarian protection

    This guide gives information on the definition of a refugee, when they can claim benefits and which ones.