Fraud is a crime and costs taxpayers millions of pounds every year. If you think someone is committing fraud, report it. Examples of fraud involve Local Council Tax Support, Council Tax, Business Rates, Blue Badge and Adult Care.
How do we stop fraud?
To prevent fraud we:
- Check all the information that's supplied with a benefit claim.
- May share the information given to support a claim with other agencies.
- Prosecute and recover any overpayment.
- Look into all suspicious claims.
If you think someone is committing Housing Benefit Fraud, please report it to the DWP National Benefit Fraud helpline:
0800 854 440 (textphone 0800 320 0512) or see Benefit fraud on GOV.UK
Report changes to your circumstances if you're claiming Housing benefit or Local Council Tax Support.
If you commit benefit fraud
If you are found to have committed benefit fraud, you may lose part or all of your future benefits. For more information on loss of benefits see the Department of Work & Pensions page,
Loss of benefit as a penalty for benefit fraud