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I have been on JSA following redundancy in Novermber 2012. I worked for one week in June 2013 and duly declared it to the DWP. This triggered a 'compliance interview', which has been conducted and now I need to send in a month's bank statements and sign a declaration. My husband (retired) has had income through B and B in our house, which we have not declared. Is it better to come clean about this now and pay it back (not that we can)? I have complied with all the requirements very robustly with regard to the job search. In this recession and at my age (55) I came to the conclusion that I may never get work, and he tried to help by getting us in a position to go self-employed. We can now (mainly because I've got enough offers which together can form an income - including B&B), and I duly signed off today. The bank statements for the period show Paypal payment in, which is from this B&B. It was his work not mine - but as he's retired on half a state pension, the claim is a joint one I feel very bad about this and would hate to lie - we are of good character. Without this we would not have survived or kept our house. Nobody can live on £71 per week! I'm on xxxxxxxx Juliet
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Hi - I don't understand the technology of this at all! We have 'earned' about £18k from the house. I didn't do any 'work'
No. As a couple we have received £292.76 per fortnight since my claim following redundancy on November 25th 2012. At Easter 2013 he began taking B&B guests to see if it would work and be able to provide an income we could live on an then go off benefits. As we get mortgage interest and council tax paid, we could never afford for me to go off benefits because of this - but always intended to and declare this info after the event - I know that's wrong but we would not have survived - and it has worked in that we are now able to go off (what with my other offers - I also have an interview for a job tomorrow)
I just need to know whether it's best to come clean now, and if I offer to (eventually) pay any money back what the consequences are likely to be if I do that?
Thanks very much.