Payments to victims of crime

Lump-sum payments for victims of crimes don't need to be declared as income. But if you get Accommodation Supplement, Temporary Additional Support or Special Benefit you do need to tell us about it.

What is it?

This is paid by Victim Support if you or your family are a victim of crime. This could be money to attend court, travel to court, or help with on-going or one-off expenses.

How it affects your benefit and allowances

You have to tell us about this payment if you:

  • get Accommodation Supplement, Temporary Additional Support or Special Benefit
  • invest the money you get and earn interest, after 12 months this will be counted as income.

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