I've received an unexpected letter summoning me to an interview tomorrow because "we're reviewing your benefits and circumstances".
My circumstances have not changed in any way since I was assessed for and awarded Pip last year.
I am not an "old hand" at this and have never been investigated before. I am a bit intimidated and a bit affronted. The wording of the letter is threatening.
My question is this: I am in receipt on Contribution Based ESA, and PIP, and nothing else. I have read up about these and they are not in any way means tested. I am entitled to these two benefits regardless of how much I have in savings, income from any source whether earned or unearned. And yet in this letter they demand that I bring statements that show every bit of money that I have: e.g. all my savings, building society accounts, post office, bank statements, also ISAs, Premum Bonds, Income Bonds, Captial bonds, National Savings, and any other savings or investments.
As my two benefits are not affected by any savings I have, why are they asking, do they have a right to see these things?
Don't I have a right to privacy over savings that do not in any way affect my benefits?
Are they overreaching their authority and just being nosy for no legal reason about things that do not affect my benefit?
What would happen if I took just my bank account statement and nothing else? Can they withdraw my benefits for not declaring savings which do not affect my benefits?
Thanks to anyone who can advise.