Hi, please elaborate more on the issue so I can assist you
Thank you for confirming.
Unfortunately, the Inland Revenue have the power to investigate these circumstances and their initial view is that if an ex-partner or the father of the children is still living in the same property, then they consider that you are partners.
However, you do have a right to appeal against this decision and you will need to demonstrate that you have in fact separated. You can do this by providing them evidence that you are both living separate lives, albeit under the same roof. For example, you will need to demonstrate:
An established pattern of domestic or financial activity will usually indicate a relationship so if you can prove that you do not do any of the above together, then it is likely that they will agree you are single.
I would suggest you read further about this here, which also details further criteria they look at when determining whether you are single or not: https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/claimant-compliance-manual/ccm15070
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Thanks for confirming, but unfortunately you would need to attempt to appeal this and contest it if you are not in a relationship. If the amount that they are claiming from you is £2000 or more which they state is due to intentional honesty then they will likely prosecute but this does not necessarily mean that they will pursue a criminal conviction.
The citizens advice bureau tend to assist with these issues but if you are told to attend an appointment under caution you will need a criminal solicitor to attend the interview with you.