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TOPIC: Strange letter received from Incapacity Benefit

Strange letter received from Incapacity Benefit 6 years 10 months ago #14899

Hi
I received a letter today from jobcentre plus Incapacity Benefit section,
It states as follows,

It has been some time since you last gave us information about you,your family,If you have one.and the money you have coming in. We need to know if there have been any changes since you last gave us some information,
they have included form IB40 to read and tell them about any changes,
They have asked me to list all my benefits,
But surely they already have this information to hand,
As to any changes the only thing that has changed is that my ilness is Getting Progressively Worse and I have developed peripheral neuropathy caused by my arthritus do Itell them about this as it only asks for information if you are feeling better,
Also will this form be a trigger for a medical my next review was not due untill 2012.Thanks for your help.:cheer:
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Re:Strange letter received from Incapacity Benefit 6 years 10 months ago #14902

micpra55 wrote:
Hi
I received a letter today from jobcentre plus Incapacity Benefit section,
It states as follows,

It has been some time since you last gave us information about you,your family,If you have one.and the money you have coming in. We need to know if there have been any changes since you last gave us some information,
they have included form IB40 to read and tell them about any changes,
They have asked me to list all my benefits,
But surely they already have this information to hand,
As to any changes the only thing that has changed is that my ilness is Getting Progressively Worse and I have developed peripheral neuropathy caused by my arthritus do Itell them about this as it only asks for information if you are feeling better,
Also will this form be a trigger for a medical my next review was not due untill 2012.Thanks for your help.:cheer:

The form to which you refer is normally a BF85A, and is often sent with form IB10. These forms are usually issued on an annual basis, to ascertain whether your previous circumstances may have changed?

You are indeed correct in observing that the DWP should already have the information as to which benefits you receive, but when you return the completed form(s) this information is matched against the information on these form(s).

This procedure is purely administrative, and therefore there is no need to give details of your current medical condition. Furthermore, the information given on the form(s) would only have any bearing on your IB review date, if you confirm that your condition may have improved to the extent that it would have a material effect on your IB entitlement, which you always have a continuing obligation to disclose.

Obviously from what you have said, this does not apply in your case.
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Re:Strange letter received from Incapacity Benefit 6 years 10 months ago #14906

Hi,

Just to add to CD's answer above, I often see these forms, as they are often sent to War Pensioners and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Claimants for example.

This is often because a benefit can be paid by a different agency (such as War Pensioners Unemployability Supplement or since April 2009 new awards of Allowance for Lowered Standard of Occupation, paid by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency) which may have an effect on Incapacity Benefit (or vice versa) but the award may slip 'under the radar' of the DWP and could lead to an overpayment situation. It has also lead to 'under payments' being found as well, so it's not always a negative thing.

As CD says, it is purely administrative.

Regards

Pete
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Last Edit: 6 years 10 months ago by pete17971. Reason: spelling
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Re:Strange letter received from Incapacity Benefit 6 years 10 months ago #14911

Thankyou for your replies Crazydiamond and pete17971,
Will get the form filled in and sent off,:)
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