Changes in circumstances

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    😕 Am I correct in thinking the following:
    We will have to continue to ask ‘our PC’ HB/CTB claimants to report changes in circumstances post October 2003 because the enhanced data matching that we will rely on to identify fraud and error needs up to date information to make a valid comparison. We will also need to record the information electronically but not use this to assess entitlements until we are told by the PS that the AIF has altered.
    Has any LA already made the decision to continue to ask claimants to report ALL COC to them? Thoughts welcome

    #1901
    Anonymous
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    You can ask, but I don’t think the claimants are under any obligation to comply. In Reg 24 of the HB&CTB(SPC)Regs, the reporting duties of claimants who get Pension Credit are listed in new paragraphs (5) and (6) that will be inserted into HB Reg 75. If you get Guarantee Credit, you only have to report matters affecting rent, occupation and non-dependants. If you only get Savings Credit without any GC, you have to report those things and, additionally, any changes to non-AIF income plus if you are lucky enough to acquire capital in excess of the limit.

    For the avoidance of doubt, a new paragraph (7) is added at the end of Reg 75 expressly stating that people on Pension Credit only to have the changes listed above.

    So I think it will be difficult to operate a policy of routinely collecting additional change of circs information.

    #1902
    Anonymous
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    Thanks for that – I was aware of the regulatory constraints that you describe. It was the practicalities that concerned me. Even though there is no compulsion for the claimant or partner to have to provide info/proofs we can still ask. I say this because, enhanced data matching will rely on us having up to date info for the exercise to be meaningful. Otherwise it is surely a paper chase which will not provide the desired results. What are LA’s out there intending doing?

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