Every year benefit fraud costs the country around £2 billion. That's like taking £80 a year from every family in the UK. If you think someone is committing benefit fraud, you can report them and stop them taking money from the people who need it most.
What is benefit fraud?
Benefit fraud is when someone lies to get benefit. This includes people who are:
- not reporting they are living together as husband and wife or as civil partners
- not reporting income or capital
- not reporting when they are living abroad
- providing a false address
- not reporting other benefits or sources of income
- not reporting changes in circumstances
Tackling benefit fraud
We tackle benefit fraud in a number of ways:
- Information given in support of a benefit claim may be matched against information held by other agencies
- The investigation Officers in the Benefit Enquiry Unit are dedicated to the investigation of potentially fraudulent claims and work closely with investigation staff in the DWP
- The council participates in the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) which is run by the Audit Commission in order to help investigate potential fraud and error
- People who commit benefit fraud may be prosecuted, given a formal caution or offered an administrative penalty in addition to paying back the money that was obtained from the offence
Reporting benefit fraud
If you suspect someone is claiming housing benefit and/or council tax reduction to which they are not entitled, please report it to us. The more information you give us, the more likely the investigation will result in a successful conclusion.
You can report benefit fraud online.
Alternatively, you can call our Benefit Fraud Hotline on 01443 863325. Office hours are Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm. You can also call the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854440. Lines are open between 8am and 6pm, 7 days a week. It is free and confidential.
We aim to put a stop to it. If you suspect someone, please call us.