If you are suspected of claiming benefits when you knew you were not entitled to them; or if you failed to notify of a change in your circumstances such as a partner moving in with you, a child has left home, or you have found employment, and you carried on claiming, you will be asked to go to an interview at the offices of the Department of Work and Pensions, HMRC or your local authority.
These benefits could include –
- Benefits for families
- Carers’ and disability benefits
- Child benefits
- Death benefits
- Heating and housing benefits
- Council Tax benefits
- Jobseekers’ Allowance and low income benefits
- Tax credits
This can be a lengthy process and a very worrying time for anyone under investigation and you will need legal advice. If a substantial sum of money is involved then you could go to prison.
If you are in receipt of benefits you may be entitled to help with the Advice and Assistance scheme. We will help you fill in the forms if you bring along your financial details, proof of benefits and any savings or income, along with your National Insurance Number. If you are not entitled to free advice and assistance because you are over the earnings threshold, we can help you privately.
We have defended many cases such as these and we know what to do. Call us as soon as possible if you have received a letter from the DWP giving you an appointment for an interview.