Social Security Benefits

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Neil Coyle Neil Coyle Labour, Bermondsey and Old Southwark

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what types of change in circumstances are recorded by her Department when a benefit claim is ended as a result of a change in circumstances.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

There are a significant number of reasons used to record a claim being closed due to a person’s change of circumstances. Some of these are generic across different benefits such as deceased, gone abroad, reached retirement age, in prison, etc. whereas others are specific to the benefit claimed and can include reasons such as the claimant failing to attend an assessment, failing to attend an interview, or closed following an assessment, etc. This list in not exhaustive. The reasons recorded will be dependent on the person’s individual circumstances.

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