Benefit fraud

Benefit fraud costs millions of pounds every year. 

We are committed to protecting public funds through our action against benefit fraud to make sure only those entitled to the help receive it. 

Every time a false or fraudulent claim is made, it costs us all. Because of this we are getting tough on benefit cheats! As part of our commitment as an enforcing Council we have a Benefits team who work hard to deter, prevent and detect potential fraudulent claims.  We will recover any overpaid benefit and are keen to ensure that those who cheat the system will not be allowed to get away with it.

Report suspected benefit fraud

If you know someone who may be cheating the benefits system and have a fact based suspicion that benefit fraud is being committed, you can report it online or by phone at GOV.UK .

You may not know for definite if they are in receipt of benefit but if you believe benefit fraud is being committed the information provided will be used to investigate this. 

If someone is committing Benefit fraud, they are receiving money that they are not entitled to. Living on benefit is not easy, but the majority of people manage to live honestly, without resorting to fraud.

Types of fraud

The following is a list of just some of the types of benefit fraud:

  • Partner not declared even if they only stay 2-3 times a week
  • Working and not declared all or part of the wages or other jobs
  • Moved out of the property but still claiming benefit for it
  • Undeclared or under declared savings including other property
  • Pretending to have to pay rent
  • Not declaring other people in the property

This list is not exhaustive.


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