My husband and I have been seperated for almost 2 years, he is Dominican and I returned to the UK with our 3 children in Sept 2013.
I have been sent a letter by the DWP to attend an interview under caution. When i called to confirm my presence I asked what it was relating to and was told they have reason to believe my husband and I are not seperated and should be claiming as a couple. I have a new partner and so does he.
approx 6 months ago I was interviewed regarding finances as again it had been alleged i was receiving an income from my husbands business, I denied the allegations as this was untrue and any money I had received which was very little at that time was child maintenence.
In the last 6 months or so I have received more from him on a slightly more regular basis, but I have been told that child maintenence does not effect my benefits, so as far as I am aware I have done nothing wrong. However I am extremley nervous and worried.
No because I didnt know I had to and amounts and frequency vary.
Tax credits, Income support, child benefit, housing and council tax.
How could they have proof about the money and the amounts? My estranged husband deposits into my old Dominican bank account and I withdraw it in cash here, I dont understand how this is a bad thing.
The money he sends me is for our 3 children and purely child maintenece, it is no different to an english ex partner giving me money through a personal agreement surely.
On the GO.UK website it says that child maintenece does not effect any benefits I already receive.
I don't understand how it is classed as upkeep for the family, when he is simply sending money for the upkeep of his children. On the government website it says you do not and in our case can not go through the CSA and we can and have a private agreement.