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Benefit fraud

What is benefit fraud?

What types of fraud do people commit?

How to report fraud

 

If a person claims any benefits they are not entitled to, they are committing fraud and may be taken to court.

What is benefit fraud?

Sometimes people who claim benefit don't give the correct details, either to get more benefit or to reduce the amount of rent or Council Tax they pay.

When someone claims benefit, the law says they must tell us where they have a change in personal or financial circumstances, which may affect their Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction Discount.

People who make false claims or do not tell us of changes when they happen, will not only be required to repay any overpaid benefit but may also be prosecuted.

 

What types of fraud do people commit?

The types of fraud relating to Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction include the following:

  • Undeclared income - where people do not give details of all their income.
  • Undeclared capital - where people do not give details of all their capital (i.e. savings and investments).
  • Living together - where people claim benefit as a single person when they are living with a partner.
  • Non-dependants and lodgers - where people do not give details of other people who live at their address.
  • Non-residence - where people claim benefit from an address where they do not live.

How to report fraud

If you think someone is making a false claim or giving wrong details, please report it to the Department for Work and Pensions. From 1 December 2015 they are responsible for fraud investigation, not the Council.

Any information you give will be treated in the strictest confidence.

You don't need to give your name. You will need to give the name and address of the person you think is claiming fraudulently and as much detail about the fraud as possible.