Anyone claiming Universal Credit have been handed some fresh warnings regarding their payments.
Claimants could have their cash stopped if they fail to tell the Department of Work and Pensions about any of ten changes that have now been made.
Failure to do so could classed as benefit fraud - should you be getting benefits you're not entitled to.
Benefit fraud can often be committed without the individual even realising, reports Cambridgeshire Live.
The Department of Work and Pensions assess people's criteria every month to ensure they are paid the correct amount.
While you may claim Universal Credit every month you may not be fully up to date with the latest guidance, which can mean some claimants are unknowingly breaking the rules.
The changes include getting married or having a child - and as a result your claim might be stopped or reduced if you do not report it straight away.
Here are the 10 changes you need to report in order for the Government to keep giving you the right amount each month.
The ten changes you need to tell the DWP about
- finding or finishing a job
- having a child
- moving in with your partner
- starting to care for a child or disabled person
- moving to a new address
- changing your bank details
- your rent going up or down
- changes to your health condition
- becoming too ill to work or meet your work coach
- changes to your earnings (only if you’re self-employed
The six most common examples of benefit fraud are:
- failing to report that you're working
- failing to report a change of address
- failing to report the full amount of your income, savings or capital
- claiming benefit as a single person when you live with a partner
- claiming benefit for an address you don't live at
- claiming benefit when you have no right to
If your circumstances change, you must let the Department of Work and Pensions know by logging in to your Universal Credit account.
You can do so by visiting the Government's website here.
What happens if you’re suspected of benefit fraud
You’ll be contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Service and Personnel and Veterans Agency or your local authority if you’re suspected of fraud.
Your benefit may be stopped while you’re investigated. You’ll get a letter telling you about this if it happens.
You may be visited by Fraud Investigation Officers (FIOs) or asked to attend an interview to talk about your claim - this is called an ‘interview under caution’.
FIOs will gather facts about your case and decide whether to take further action.