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I may be about to inherit some money. I dont know exactly

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I may be about to inherit some money. I don't know exactly how much it will be. I am on state benefits of DLA, housing benefit, and income support. If the amount I inherit is over the £6,000 limit for savings when on benefit, but I spend the extra amount straight away, for example on a modest car or carpets and furniture, will this be considered to be fraud by the DWP? Do I have to tell them about the money even if it is less than £6,000? If the total inheritance was, say, £8,000 but I spent £2,000 on things I really need, would they still reduce my benefits as if I still had the £8,000?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for your question, I will do whatever I can to help you. Please remember to rate my answer SMILEY FACE OR ABOVE.

How much will you get, do you have any idea?

Do you know roughly?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I think it will be about £12,000

Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
Thanks.

You have to declare any money to receive even if it does not change your benefit.

But what I can say is that anything over £6000 will affect your benefits.

If you have over £6000 about £1 is deducted for every £250 over.

If you get the money then get rid of it, it still counts as they can say you put yourself in that position.

Anyrhing over £6000 will be included in the benefit calculation.

I am sorry if this is not the answer you are looking for but based on what you have said, this is the legal position.



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Expert:  UK-Justice replied 4 years ago.
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