Notification of earnings decrease when nil entitlement to UC due to high earnings

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Under UC regulations, when a UC claimant receives earnings which are high enough to mean they have a zero entitlement to UC in that Monthly Assessment Period, they still count as a "UC claimant" for 6 months and cannot claim certain legacy benefits in this time.
However if their earnings reduce such that they would be entitled to some UC in the monthly assessment period in which they are paid lower earnings, and the DWP becomes aware of this, they can go back onto UC.
What I am not sure of is whether HMRC will continue to "feed" earnings information to DWP via HMRC during this 6 month period or whether the onus is entirely on the claimant to notify of their earnings reduction.

I would be grateful for your clarification.

Yours faithfully,

Glenys Harriman

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