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    Incapacity Benefit: Should I inform the DWP of a temporary change of address?

    I am on incapacity benefit, and I am in the process of moving home. I have moved out of my old home and I am temporarily living with a family member before moving into my new home. I have been living with my relative for two weeks and I hope to move permanently to my new home in about two to three weeks time.

    My question is, should I inform the DWP of my current (and temporary) change of address? I have a postal redirect system in place, so any correspondence is re-directed to me, so that is not a problem. But I will be moving again soon and I don't want to contact to the DWP twice.

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    Lots of views but no answers. I'm guessing people are curious about this but no one knows. Should I err on the side of caution and notify the DWP? Could I be in trouble because I haven't already notified them? Should stay quiet? Also I've had to register with a local GP to get my medication. Hopefully I'll be moving in about 3 weeks. Getting worried here.

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    Sorry I don't know what the rules say about this sort of scenario but personally I don't think I'd bother. Given that it's for a short period of time and you have mail from your previous address re-directed to where you are now, I'd wait until moved to the new permanent address. But I must re-iterate that I don't know what the DWP require you to do so I suppose the best thing would be to ring and ask them whether they need to note your temporary address.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catlover View Post
    Sorry I don't know what the rules say about this sort of scenario but personally I don't think I'd bother. Given that it's for a short period of time and you have mail from your previous address re-directed to where you are now, I'd wait until moved to the new permanent address. But I must re-iterate that I don't know what the DWP require you to do so I suppose the best thing would be to ring and ask them whether they need to note your temporary address.
    Thanks for trying to help. Contacting the DWP is something I try to avoid as it makes me nervous. I can't find anything about a temporary change of address. I'm leaning towards waiting until I move before I contact them. Again thanks for trying to help.

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    How about a compromise: wait until you have a date to move to your new address, then let DWP have both your temporary and new permanent addresses, together with the date you expect to move it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flymo View Post
    How about a compromise: wait until you have a date to move to your new address, then let DWP have both your temporary and new permanent addresses, together with the date you expect to move it.
    That's a good idea. As long as the move doesn't drag on, I will do that. I'm just a bit nervous that I will be penalised for not contacting them immediately, but I don't want to contact them twice. I will wait a week. Hopefully I'll have a fixed move date by then. If not, I'll probably have to call. I'll see. Thanks for all your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rizla View Post
    Contacting the DWP is something I try to avoid as it makes me nervous.
    In that case I would not contact them and just wait until you move into your permanent address. You are contactable and will receive any letters from them so I would just leave things as they are until you move again.

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