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Claimant Compliance Manual

Post-award examinations: Action: Adjustment needed to the award

If after considering the customers reply, you have now resolved your concerns, you can make a decision based on your conclusions. This might mean you terminate the whole of your award or you might only need to adjust part of the award. For example the risks were an Undisclosed Partner and Child Care Costs high compared to income. The customer has convinced you they do not have a partner but they have overstated their child care costs. You will, therefore, adjust the amount claimed for child care costs.

Before taking any action to adjust the award you must consider whether any adjustments are needed to an earlier award. For example the examination has established that child care costs are incorrect and were also overstated in the previous year. If an earlier year also needs to be adjusted see CCM8115. However, you must not go back to Py-1 or earlier years without agreed and documented approval from your manager. After issuing the letter in CCM8116, BF your papers for 7 days and then continue as shown below.

You must write to the customer(s) to let them know about your decision. You should always write to them even if you have spoken to them and explained to them the position on the phone.

You must use the standard letter template TCC60. The letter explains that you will be accepting part of their claim and they will soon receive a formal notification of their award.

Where the claim has been made by a couple in a joint household, only one letter should be sent addressed to both customers. When sending out joint letters the customers must still be part of a couple and residing at the same address. If they are part of a couple but residing at different addresses or no longer part of a couple, then a separate letter must still be sent to each customer.

If the customer has authorised an agent to act for them remember to send a copy of the letter to the agent.

You should take the necessary system action to amend the award as soon as possible after you send the letter, and close the case on TCW on the same day you make the decision. The system will send out a revised award notice. This decision is made under S16. The customer then has 30 days to appeal against your decision.

If an adjustment is needed for an earlier year you will also need to send a letter closing that year. You will then need to amend the award for that year before you make any adjustment for the examination year.

If the customer appeals, see CCM4445. If the customer does not appeal you can close the case.