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is it fraud?

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08 Sep 12 #354652 by minxy1912
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My ex husband wants half of the profits made on a rental property we joint own,but he claimes income support.
If i hand over half the profit, will this class as benefit fraud?

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08 Sep 12 #354656 by u6c00
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No, but he will be required to declare the income and his income support may end or be reduced.

If he fails to declare his new income then that would be benefit fraud.

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08 Sep 12 #354657 by minxy1912
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even if he knows the income is comming?

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08 Sep 12 #354659 by u6c00
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Once he receives additional income he will need to phone DWP and tell them that he now has an income. They will then reassess his claim and decide whether he is still entitled to IS.

If he hasn''t been paid anything (yet) then he hasn''t done anything wrong.

If he doesn''t declare his new income to DWP when he receives it then he will be committing benefit fraud.

There doesn''t seem to be any obvious reason why being on benefits and anticipating a new source of income should disqualify him, or mean that he is doing anything illegal.

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08 Sep 12 #354669 by LittleMrMike
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I''d be careful. Ownership of any capital in excess of £6000 can affect any means tested benefit.

I think you may find in any event he remains under an over-ding duty to disclose material facts or changes in circumstances.

LMM

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08 Sep 12 #354673 by minxy1912
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Thanks u6c00.
Little Mr Mike,capital??? is that in property? or in cash?

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08 Sep 12 #354675 by MrsSadness
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Liquid - as in cash, I think you will find. Hope this helps!

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