Benefits fraud

Types of benefits fraud

  1. A person claims benefit stating that they live alone, yet they actually have a partner living with them.
  2. A person, or their partner, have not declared that either of them are working, part-time or full-time.
  3. A person, or their partner, fail to disclose that they or their partner own another property or land, or that they have savings (e.g. Bank Accounts, Building Society Accounts, Post Office Accounts, Stocks, Shares, Unit Trusts, National Savings Certificates, Income Bonds, Premium Bonds).
  4. A person, or their partner fail to disclose that they have other income, such as a private pension or other state benefits.
  5. A person fails to disclose that they are no longer living at the house for which they have been claiming Housing Benefit or a discount under Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
  6. A person fails to disclose that someone else is living in the house, e.g. a lodger.
  7. A person claims benefit to pay rent, but the tenancy or rent details are false.
  8. A person lives with the owner of that property and they are closely related.
  9. A person claims benefits at a property that they have never lived in.

This list is not exhaustive.

Do you know of anyone committing benefit fraud?

If they are claiming Housing Benefit or a discount under the Council Tax Reduction Scheme fraudulently and you want to report it contact us:

Report benefits fraud

Telephone: The Fraud Hotline on 01422 393566.

In person: Visit any Customer First office. See Local offices.


You do not have to provide your name and address, unless you wish to do so. The more information that you can provide the more likely that the fraud can be detected. Some of the things that would assist any investigation:

  • Names of all the people in the household.
  • Descriptions of the persons involved, including any potential violent behaviour.
  • Registration number and descriptions of any vehicles used.
  • Employer's name and address, and if that employer is aware that benefit fraud is being committed.
  • The time a person may leave and return home from work.
  • Any alibi that may be given by the person committing fraud.
  • How long the fraud has been going on.

This list is not exhaustive.

When this information is received, the officers employed by the Council for investigating fraud will look into the matter and take appropriate action. If it is found that they are claiming benefit fraudulently, their benefit will be cancelled and any overpayment will be recovered. We may also decide to take legal action.

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