Benefit fraud

People who commit benefit fraud are costing you, the taxpayer, millions of pounds.

You can ring us in confidence with information about people who might be committing benefit fraud and remain anonymous if you wish.

Anyone caught committing fraud is dealt with firmly. We always ask for overpaid benefit to be repaid and we may also prosecute people in the courts.

Report a fraud

Call the National Benefit Fraud helpline on 0800 854 440 or alternatively report fraud via the Gov.uk website (external link).

What is benefit fraud?

  • People who are working but do not declare this when they claim benefit
  • People who claim as single people, but actually live with a partner
  • People who claim from an address but do not actually 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 or Council Tax Reduction
  • People who are sub-letting their property
  • People who do not tell us about other adults living in their property.
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