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Benefit Fraud

We are committed to protecting public funds and have a dedicated Fraud Investigation Team to prevent and detect any fraudulent claims. We treat Benefit Fraud very seriously and will look into any allegations of Fraud against the Benefit system.

There are many types of benefit fraud but the main ones are listed below.

What is benefit fraud?

You will be committing Benefit Fraud if you make a false statement or knowingly fail to tell us about

  • Money you receive and changes to it
  • Money held in bank accounts, savings and investments and changes to them
  • The people living in your household
  • A change in circumstances

To report a change in circumstances, you can download a pdf icon Change In Circumstances Form [123kb] , request a form or pick one up at our Customer Contact Area offices.

How do I report a suspected fraud?

You can report a suspected fraud by

  • speaking directly to a the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440

What action is taken against fraud?

Benefit Fraud is a serious offence which

  • Is punishable by law
  • Can lead to a criminal conviction in court and a criminal record.
  • May result in costs or other penalties and the repayment of any overpayment.
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