How to Report Fraud
Are you committing benefit fraud?
If you receive benefit to which you are not entitled you
may have to repay any amounts that are overpaid.
To avoid an overpayment occurring you should tell the Council
straight away about any changes in your circumstances.
If you fail to tell us about anything that might affect your
entitlement to benefit or make a false declaration on the
application form you may be committing a benefit fraud, which is a
criminal offence possibly resulting in prosecution.
The Council uses various methods to investigate fraud. For
example, information can be matched against other council records,
government agencies, employers or tax records and credit reference
If a fraud has been committed it is likely that it will be
discovered and action taken.
How To Report Fraud
If you think someone has made a dishonest claim for benefits you
can contact the Council to tell us what you know.
The more information that you can provide the better our
investigation will be.
Any information that you give will be treated in the strictest
of confidence and you do not need to tell us your name.
You can report suspected benefit fraud by either:
- contacting the Council's Benefit Investigation Team
on (01389) 738630, or
- contacting the Local Authority Fraud Hotline on (free
phone) 0800 3286340 Monday to Friday 8am to 11pm,
- completing our Fraud referral form online.
Page last update:
23 July 2012