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Report a change in benefit circumstances

Any benefits that are given are calculated using the information on your initial application form. If any of this information changes while you are still receiving benefit you must let us know within a month of the change, so we can recalculate your entitlement.

Please let us know if there are any changes to your situation including the following:

  • change in your income or the income of someone living with you
  • change in your tax credits
  • a new baby in the family
  • a new partner moves in
  • an increase in your rent
  • you move house
  • your savings increase

Report a change in your situation

You can report it online or complete and return the form below:

Report a change in your situation

If you are not sure if you need to report a change please contact us for advice.

If you report a change within a month of it happening any increases in benefit will be paid from the Monday after the change.

If you don't report a change

If you don't report a change and it reduces the amount of benefits given there will be an overpayment on your application and it will be paid by:

  • Normally we will take the overpayment from your entitlement
  • If this isn't possible a payment plan may be agreed with our overpayment team. If you fail to pay you could be summonsed to appear in court.

If you knowingly fail to report a change

If it's proved that you knowingly didn't report the change, your application could be investigated for benefit fraud.

For more information email benefits@cotswold.gov.uk or call 01285 623035.