After the interview under caution

After the interview under caution

After you have been interviewed by a benefits fraud investigator, the interviewer will then decide how to proceed. The interviewer may decide: To do nothing – The interviewer may be happy you have not committed benefit fraud, or if they suspect you have they still may not proceed as they feel there is insufficient supporting evidence. Issue a Civil Penalty – The interviewer will issue a £50 Civil Penalty if they think you made a…

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How to handle an interview under caution: Before the interview

How to handle an interview under caution: Before the interview

Get advice! Ideally you should get advice from both an adviser and a solicitor who has experience in helping people with interviews under caution. The adviser can advise you about your benefits and the solicitor about your rights in the fraud investigation. They can tell you how the law will affect your particular circumstances, explain your options, negotiate with the DWP or council on your behalf and may come with you to the interview. Solicitors…

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How to handle an interview under caution: Introduction

How to handle an interview under caution: Jargon buster

How to handle an interview under caution: Jargon buster

If you are facing an interview under caution, you may encounter some of these words and phrases. Here’s a quick guide to explain them. Jargon What it means for interview under caution Advice centre Most towns have advice centres such as Citizens Advice Bureaux, (CAB) or independent advice centres (often these are in community centres). Unlike some other professional help, help from an advice centre should always be free. If you go for advice, take…

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How to handle an interview under caution: Jens story

How to handle an interview under caution: Jens story

Jen didn’t know what to do. She’d taken on a friend’s shift at their local pub while he recovered from an operation and hadn’t told the Job Seekers Allowance office about it. ‘It hardly brought in a fortune and was only temporary,’ Jen says. But she got found out and had to go to an interview under caution. ‘To be honest, I didn’t think the interview was too bad,’ Jen explains, ‘But that was before…

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How to handle an interview under caution: Steves story

How to handle an interview under caution: Steves story

Steve had only been going out with Chloe for about six months when her landlord gave her notice to leave her flat. Things had been going well between them so they decided that she would move in with Steve to see if it worked out. A couple of months later they decided to make it permanent. They told the landlord that Chloe wanted to be an official tenant too. The landlord said it was fine…

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How to handle an interview under caution: What about my benefits?

How to handle an interview under caution: What about my benefits?

If you’ve been paid too much If the DWP or council is looking at whether you committed fraud, it is likely to be because they also think you’ve been paid too much benefit. If the benefits section sends you a written decision saying that you have been overpaid, and you don’t agree and want to appeal, then you will need to move quickly to make sure that you don’t miss the appeal deadline. You should…

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How to handle an interview under caution: What will the interview be like?

How to handle an interview under caution: What will the interview be like?

If you are suspected by the Department for Work and Pensions of conducting or participating in benefit fraud then they may contact you to request that you come in for an interview under caution. Benefit fraud is a major problem in the UK, with estimates suggesting it could cost the UK taxpayer £1.9 billion per year. In September 2013 the Director of Public Prosecutions, Kier Starmer, announced a new ‘tough stance’ on benefit fraud that…

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How your benefit claim is checked for benefit theft

How your benefit claim is checked for benefit theft

Benefit claims are many and varied, and encompass benefits such as Job Seekers Allowance, housing benefit and incapacity benefit as the main types. Whilst the majority of those in receipt of benefits are entitled to receive them, there are some who commit fraud in order to receive benefits to which they are not entitled. Statistics suggest that benefit theft costs the UK more than £1.2bn in false claims, giving the Government a large incentive to…

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Interview under caution: summary

Interview under caution: summary

There are many things that you can do to make sure your interview under caution goes as well as it can. Here is a quick reminder of some key points: Before the interview under caution: Get free independent professional advice. Get more information Decide whether to go, alone or with someone. Make sure you’re getting the right benefits. Prepare a statement of what you think happened. Get evidence which backs up your statement. At the…

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Reporting benefit fraud

Reporting benefit fraud

Benefit fraud cost the country around 900 million in 2008-09. If you think someone is committing benefit fraud, find out how you can report them and stop them taking money from the people who need it most. What is benefit fraud? Benefit fraud is when someone is dishonest in order to receive benefit or knowingly fails to report a change in their circumstances. This includes people who: do not report they are now living with…

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So, you’ve been asked to an interview under caution: what now?

So, you’ve been asked to an interview under caution: what now?

Don’t ignore it Understand what the problem is Get help and advice It’s really important to get an independent adviser or solicitor to help you with your case and represent you at the interview. An adviser can check whether you are entitled to the benefits or whether the case against you is weak. A solicitor can advise you about your rights in the interview which could become part of a criminal investigation. However, you might…

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Step-by-step guide: after an interview under caution

Step-by-step guide: after an interview under caution

This table explains what to expect and think about following an interview under caution. What to do: Why and how: Check that everything has been done correctly If you think the interviewer didn’t behave as they should have (see ‘What will the interview be like?’) or you are unhappy with anything about how the interview or the investigation went it is worth checking that they haven’t broken any rules. If you want to you can…

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What do I need to know about benefit fraud?

What do I need to know about benefit fraud?

This guide will give you information about what benefit fraud is and what you should do if you are suspected of it.   What is benefit fraud? If you have been dishonest in order to claim benefits that you are not entitled to, you may be investigated for benefit fraud. Benefit fraud is a criminal offence, such as intentionally failing to inform the Benefit Office about the true state of your financial affairs when claiming…

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What happens if you are suspected of benefit fraud

What happens if you are suspected of benefit fraud

Find out what benefit fraud is, what to do if your benefit claim is investigated and where to get advice in this article. What is benefit fraud? A person in receipt of benefits (a claimant) can commit benefit fraud in two ways: a) deliberately not reporting a change in their personal circumstances to the appropriate benefits agencies b) being dishonest with benefits agencies about personal information with a view to securing benefits. What happens if…

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What is an interview under caution?

What is an interview under caution?

An interview under caution is an interview, usually taped, carried out by the DWP or your local council when they think you might have misled them about something to do with your benefits. An interview is one of the things they can do to help them decide what’s happened and what to do next – it doesn’t necessarily mean you have done anything wrong or that they’re about to take you to court. ‘Under caution’…

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