Benefit fraud is when people claim Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Scheme and/or Social Security Benefits but have no right to claim it.
We are keen to make prompt payments of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction Scheme to genuine claimants, but we are equally keen to stop benefit fraud. We have a team that is responsible for detecting and investigating fraudulent claims.
What types of fraud are there?
Typical examples of benefit fraud are:
- People who work but do not declare this when they claim benefit.
- People who claim as a single person but actually live with a partner.
- People who claim from an address but do not live there.
- People who do not tell us the full amount of income, savings or capital when they claim benefit.
- People who for any reason do not have any right to claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
Do you have access to other organisations?
Our team has access to various anti-fraud organisations such as:
Local Authority Investigation Officers Group (LAIOG)
Approximately 400 local authorities subscribe to the Local Authority Investigations Officers Group across England, Scotland and Wales. The group aims to provide its members with access to information from parliamentary sources, the Department of Work and Pensions, Data Protection and the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate, which is relative to their fraud enquiries. Visit LAIOG website
National Anti Fraud Network (NAFN)
The aim of the network is to make available a national intelligence service to help detect and prevent fraud. It also aims to provide a regular source of intelligence and focal points for local authorities on a wide range of fraud related matters. Visit NAFN website
How can I report suspected benefit fraud?
Or, you can ring the Fraud Hotline on 01562 732658. All calls are treated in absolute confidence. We need as much information as possible. Examples of information we will need to investigate fraud include: