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Benefit fraud

Find out more about benefit fraud and how you can help to prevent it.

How can I report fraud?

Council Tax Reduction fraud

If you think someone is committing Council Tax Reduction fraud, you can report it to us online. Please see below for the different types of benefit fraud. 

We have to have a good reason for investigating someone for benefit fraud so the form will ask you to give as much information as you can. 

The information you provide is strictly confidential and you do not have to give your name unless you want to.

Housing Benefit and other benefit fraud

If you think someone is committing Housing Benefit or other benefit fraud you can report it online to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). You can make a report anonymously - you do not have to give your name or contact details unless you want to.

They will look at the information you provide and contact us where appropriate.

Give as much information as you can about the person you're reporting. This could include:

  • their name
  • their address
  • the type of fraud you think they're committing

What happens after you report someone

The information you give will be looked at. If you've given enough information then the person's claim will be checked. You won't be told the outcome of the investigations though. 

Sometimes no action is taken. It might be that the person has declared a change in their circumstances and their benefit is not affected by it.

If the person is found to have been committing benefit fraud then action will be taken against them. Action can include removing a person's benefits and prosecuting them in court.

Council Tax Reduction Fraud - Report undeclared work

Use this form to report someone who is claiming Council Tax Reduction and is working but has not declared it.

Council Tax Reduction Fraud - Report an undeclared partner

Use this form to report someone who is claiming Council Tax Reduction and has a partner they have not declared.

Council Tax Reduction Fraud - Report undeclared ownership of land or property

Use this form to report someone who is claiming Council Tax Reduction and owns land or property they have not declared.

Council Tax Reduction Fraud - Report undeclared savings

Use this form to report someone who is claiming Council Tax Reduction and has savings but has not declared them.

Council Tax Reduction Fraud - Report someone living elsewhere

Use this form to report someone who is claiming Council Tax Reduction and claims benefit at one address and lives elsewhere.

Council Tax Reduction Fraud - Report another type of fraud

Use this form to report someone who is claiming Council Tax Reduction and is committing another type of fraud for example undeclared income.