Benefit Fraud costs the country about £2 billion a year which is money that could be spent on public services. This equates to around £80 a year for each household in Great Britain. Fraud has an impact on the amount of Council Tax and Income Tax you pay and the amount of resources available to the Community.
Some examples of Benefit Fraud are where people:
- work but do not declare this when they claim benefit
- claim as a single person but actually live with a partner
- claim from an address, but do not actually live there
- do not tell us the full amount of income, savings or capital when they claim benefit
- do not report a change of circumstances whilst receiving benefit
- do not declare an occupational or works pension
If you suspect someone is committing benefit fraud, please report it. The more information you can give, the more likely that we will be able to stop it.
How to report benefit fraud
If you wish to report a suspected benefit fraud, you can telephone
National Benefit Fraud Hotline - 0800 854 440
Or, if you prefer to make a report online.