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    • McCartneyP
    • By McCartneyP 13th Apr 18, 12:10 PM
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    Wanting to decorate while on housing benefits
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    • 13th Apr 18, 12:10 PM
    Wanting to decorate while on housing benefits 13th Apr 18 at 12:10 PM
    Hi there,

    The title basically speaks for itself.
    I am completely oblivious to how this all works so any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Simple question hopefully somewhat simple answer.
    If your on housing benefits and want to redecorate your house how does this work? My friend is on housing benefits and wants to re-decorate his home, painting walls and buying new furniture. He is getting help from his parents to pay for it all. Would the fact he is getting financial aid to re-decorate his house from his parents call into question his need for benefits?

    Thanks

    Peter
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    • BorisThomson
    • By BorisThomson 13th Apr 18, 12:12 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 12:12 PM
    Gifts from parents are not counted as income, so no need for you to worry.
    • tazwhoever
    • By tazwhoever 13th Apr 18, 12:42 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 12:42 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 12:42 PM
    Get it in cash, to be worry free.
    • poppy12345
    • By poppy12345 13th Apr 18, 12:48 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 12:48 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 12:48 PM
    Get it in cash, to be worry free.
    Originally posted by tazwhoever
    Why? As stated, gifts from parents aren't counted as income, so there's nothing to worry about.
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 13th Apr 18, 1:25 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 1:25 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 1:25 PM
    Your friend should ask the owner/landlord about decorating.
    The landlord might want to keep it magnolia for broad appeal.
    • Xbigman
    • By Xbigman 13th Apr 18, 3:03 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 3:03 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 3:03 PM
    Get it in cash, to be worry free.
    Originally posted by tazwhoever
    That is really bad advice. If someone is given money by relatives/friends in cash and the DWP get to hear of them spending it (from nosey neighbours etc) it is much harder to prove where cash came from than it is to produce a bank statement showing a bank transfer coming in.
    When I give my daughter money I always put the reference 'DAD' on it just in case the DWP query anything.



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    • tazwhoever
    • By tazwhoever 13th Apr 18, 5:00 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 5:00 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 5:00 PM
    That is really bad advice. If someone is given money by relatives/friends in cash and the DWP get to hear of them spending it (from nosey neighbours etc) it is much harder to prove where cash came from than it is to produce a bank statement showing a bank transfer coming in.
    When I give my daughter money I always put the reference 'DAD' on it just in case the DWP query anything.



    Darren
    Originally posted by Xbigman
    I just thought getting money into account from others, might cause problems for OP. Where this money came from? Why?
    • Xbigman
    • By Xbigman 13th Apr 18, 9:43 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 9:43 PM
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    • 13th Apr 18, 9:43 PM
    I just thought getting money into account from others, might cause problems for OP. Where this money came from? Why?
    Originally posted by tazwhoever
    That is a popular misconception. DWP investigators see cash as a big flashing alert that something is going on. They will dig way beyond a bit of cash spent on decorating. It is not worth the grief that will entail. A bank transfer and then purchases at B&Q on a credit/debit card that show a clear trail and usage cannot be argued with.



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    Eat properly
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