Benefits: report a change in your circumstances

You need to report changes to your circumstances so you keep getting the right amount of benefits.

Your claim might be stopped or reduced if you don’t report a change straight away or you give incorrect information.

This page is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

If you don’t report a change or a mistake, you might be paid too much. If you are, you might have to pay some of the money back. You might also have to pay a £50 penalty.

If you deliberately don’t report changes, you’re committing benefit fraud.

Changes you need to report

Changes can include:

  • changing your name

  • finding or finishing a job, or working different hours

  • your income going up or down

  • starting or stopping education, training or an apprenticeship

  • moving house

  • people moving into or out of the place you live (for example your partner, a child or lodger)

  • your partner or someone you live with dying

  • having a baby

  • starting or stopping caring for someone

  • getting married or divorced

  • starting or ending a civil partnership

  • planning to go abroad for any length of time

  • going into hospital, a care home or sheltered accommodation

  • any changes to your medical condition or disability

  • changing your doctor

  • changes to your pension, savings, investments or property

  • changes to other money you get (for example student loans or grants, sick pay or money you get from a charity)

  • changes to the benefits you or anyone else in your house gets

  • you or your partner getting back-pay (sometimes called ‘arrears’) for salary or earnings you’re owed

If you claim Child Benefit you also need to report changes to your child’s circumstances.

Reporting a death

Use the ‘Tell Us Once’ service if someone dies when they’re receiving benefits. The process is different if you’re in Northern Ireland.

How to report changes

Who you tell depends on which benefits you get. You’ll need to report your change to more than one organisation if you get more than one benefit.

Universal Credit

Report changes using your online account if you have one or contact the Universal Credit helpline.

Pension Credit

Call the Pension Service helpline to report changes if you get Pension Credit.

Disability benefits

Call the Disability Service Centre to report changes if you get Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Housing Benefit

Tell your local council about changes if you get Housing Benefit.

Child Benefit

Report changes using the Child Benefit online service or call or write to the Child Benefit Office.

All other benefits

Call Jobcentre Plus to report changes. You need to have your National Insurance number when you call.