You may get a visit from a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) officer to check that your benefit payment is correct. The reason for the visit is to collect national statistics on the benefits system.
A Performance Measurement review officer may visit you if you’re claiming:
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit
- Pension Credit
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Universal Credit
Your name is selected at random to be checked. You’ll get a letter in advance telling you about the visit.
Check their identity
You can check the identity of the Performance Measurement review officer by:
- asking to see their photo identity card
- calling the Business Support Team and giving the review officer’s name
Business Support Team
Telephone: 0191 216 8050
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
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What to expect
The officer will interview you in your home and will want to see 2 forms of identification.
You can reschedule the visit if you need to.
They’ll also ask to see documents about money, savings and rent, eg:
- bank, building society or Post Office accounts
- rent book or tenancy agreement
- benefits and tax credit awards
Visits usually last up to an hour but may be longer.