Benefit fraud is where people deliberately lie in order to make a claim for benefit for financial gain, or fail to report a change in their circumstances which would affect the amount they receive. This is a criminal offence and where benefit fraud is suspected, a dedicated team will investigate.
The Council is committed to the prevention, detection and investigation of benefit fraud within the local area. We will take all action necessary to identify fraud and error if suspected. Where benefit fraud is proven, we actively pursue the recovery of any over payment and apply prosecution or penalties where applicable.
Types of benefit fraud
Examples include people who:
- work but do not declare this when they make their claim for benefit
- claim as a single person but actually live with a partner
- have others living at their address and do not tell us
- claim for an address that they do not actually live at
- do not tell us about all of their income
- do not tell us about all of their savings
- say they are renting a property that they really own
- continue to claim benefit at an address they have actually left.
If you suspect someone is committing benefit fraud
You should report them straight away. You can either give us your name and address and we will keep this confidential or you can report it anonymously.
For more information you can visit the GOV.UK website.
Please supply as much information as possible as this will help us with our investigations.