Thank you. You will require to advise the DWP of the money you have come into. If it pushes you over the threshold, you may lose some of the benefits you are on. However, this may not be the case if you are receiving non-means tested benefits. It is possible to spend some of the money to push you under the threshold, however you must take advice one this, you cannot simply go out and buy a £50k car so that you can go back to receiving benefits, there are tight rules about what you can and cannot spend.
However, it may well be the case you are entitled to more benefits than you are aware. The difficulty is that you require to apply for specific benefits to the DWP and wait for the application etc. However, the best thing to do is drop into your local citizens advice bureau (CAB). They can go through your personal and financial position in detail and enter these details into what is referred to as the QBC system. This system will calculate what benefits you are entitled to and how much. The system will also do the entire calculation without contacting the DWP so no other benefits would be affected in doing this calculation. Furthermore, if you are rejected initially for any such benefits, the CAB can help you with the mandatory reconsider (appeal) of the refusal. If this is still rejected but it is believed you have a claim, the CAB can also provide you with representation should you require to go to a tribunal for the matter.
I shall provide you with a helpful link that will assist you in finding a solicitor/representative near your local area. This will provide you with someone nearby your area who can assist you if required.
I hope this information proved helpful. You will find a local solicitor who deals with these matters on the law society webpage which is as follows;
https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/solicitors (N. Ireland)
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