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    raachel29
    Advice regarding child benefit
    • #1
    • 6th Aug 12, 1:27 PM
    Advice regarding child benefit 6th Aug 12 at 1:27 PM
    I have tried contacting my local CAB, however have had no luck, so thought I'd try here.
    On 9th July I received a letter stating what I would be paid and when.
    I noticed one of my twins had been missed off the letter, so called them up. They told me there was no record of my son, despite me sending the one form with both twins on, and them returning both birth certificates to me.
    I was told someone would need to look at my form again to see why he had been missed, and I'd get a call from head office within 10 working days. The call never came so I called again, to be told I'd get a call within 5 working days...this didn't happen either. I made a complaint and was told this would be answered within 5 days....never got the call. I'm now awaiting my 4th call back, but going on my previous experiences, I'm not holding my breath!
    When I have spoken to them I have been told that it's with head office, who are not contactable by phone!
    I've spent well over an hour on hold to them using my mobile, so at the end of all this I'm still no further forward, but have a shocking bill to show for it!
    As I claim housing benefit I need to send my letter with the payment details on to the council for them to amend my claim. If they don't have this in 2 weeks, my claim will be cancelled completely!
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    • By pooch 6th Aug 12, 1:50 PM
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    • #2
    • 6th Aug 12, 1:50 PM
    • #2
    • 6th Aug 12, 1:50 PM
    I have tried contacting my local CAB, however have had no luck, so thought I'd try here.
    On 9th July I received a letter stating what I would be paid and when.
    I noticed one of my twins had been missed off the letter, so called them up. They told me there was no record of my son, despite me sending the one form with both twins on, and them returning both birth certificates to me.
    I was told someone would need to look at my form again to see why he had been missed, and I'd get a call from head office within 10 working days. The call never came so I called again, to be told I'd get a call within 5 working days...this didn't happen either. I made a complaint and was told this would be answered within 5 days....never got the call. I'm now awaiting my 4th call back, but going on my previous experiences, I'm not holding my breath!
    When I have spoken to them I have been told that it's with head office, who are not contactable by phone!
    I've spent well over an hour on hold to them using my mobile, so at the end of all this I'm still no further forward, but have a shocking bill to show for it!
    As I claim housing benefit I need to send my letter with the payment details on to the council for them to amend my claim. If they don't have this in 2 weeks, my claim will be cancelled completely!
    Originally posted by raachel29
    Don't phone them, don't email them, but put your complaint in writing to them.

    Mark your letter of complaint with the clear title: COMPLAINT, enclose copies of any necessary evidence (e.g. copies of bith certificates) and send the letter by registered post so you can be sure if and when they receive it.

    Send your letter of complaint to:

    Child Benefit Office
    PO Box 1
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE88 1AA
  • raachel29
    • #3
    • 6th Aug 12, 4:06 PM
    • #3
    • 6th Aug 12, 4:06 PM
    That's not going to help me with the council though, which is what I'm most worried about.
    • xylophone
    • By xylophone 6th Aug 12, 5:16 PM
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    xylophone
    • #4
    • 6th Aug 12, 5:16 PM
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    • 6th Aug 12, 5:16 PM
    Put the twins in the pram, arm yourself with their birth certificates and call in at the appropriate council office?
  • raachel29
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    • 6th Aug 12, 5:59 PM
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    • 6th Aug 12, 5:59 PM
    The council have already has the birth certificates and returned them to me.
  • CAB Birmingham representative
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    • 7th Aug 12, 10:26 AM
    Child Benefit
    • #6
    • 7th Aug 12, 10:26 AM
    In response to your situation. As the matter has been going forward and backward we would suggest you contact your local councillor to get involved on your behalf.
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  • raachel29
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    • 7th Aug 12, 12:59 PM
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    • 7th Aug 12, 12:59 PM
    How do I do that?!
  • CAB Birmingham representative
    • #8
    • 7th Aug 12, 2:06 PM
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    • 7th Aug 12, 2:06 PM
    Go to Birmingham City Council website and go onto left hand side which will then give you a list of the councillors for your area and their surgeries.
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    • Alleycat
    • By Alleycat 11th Aug 12, 1:34 AM
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    • 11th Aug 12, 1:34 AM
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    • 11th Aug 12, 1:34 AM
    This may be a bit late, but I would suggest you taking a copy of any letter you may have now written to the Child Benefit office, with the children's birth certificates to the Housing Benefit department. Accompany this with a letter advising the Housing Benefit department that you wish to add both children to your claim, the issues you have had and that the birth certificates should be sufficient as evidence of your children. The need to see proof of child benefit is simply to check that they are living with you as you can provide proof that they exist with the birth certs. Possibly get a brief letter from your Health Visitor to state that the children are both living with you at your address (although this may be considered overkill, it's better to be safe than sorry).

    If the council fail to add them to your claim and/or close the claim before the child benefit issue is sorted out, then appeal immediately. There is nowhere specifically in the regulations that state that you need to provide proof of child benefit as proof of the child.
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