Why didn't you tell them?
Well that is a problem I'm afraid.
It might well be your former partner that reported it to get revenge but I'm afraid that was fairly inevitable. He was never going to take something like that without responding.
Come what may, this is benefit fraud. It is the aggravated version too as they will say it's a false claim from the start.
They are unlikely to let you repay for that reason although it does depend on the amount you have claimed.
They would usually be looking to prosecute. What sentence you would get depends on the sum of the claim but unless it's very high it would not,ally be a community order and costs.
Yes, there isn't really any other option. If you don't they will only summons you and then you will lose your opportunity to present any mitigation.
Well, if you don't they will be able to get the police to do so there is not really anything to be gained by refusing.
I'm not sure what you mean?
Not really. Whatever you ascertain won't change the fact that they have it or don't.
They do disclosure before you are interviewed anyway.
No, you may as well give them permission. You achieve nothing by refusing.
All you are agreeing to is that they can access things like bank accounts and they can get the police to do that anywyay