Report benefits fraud

Every year hundreds of people are prosecuted for benefits fraud. This is because it is estimated that £700 million is claimed and spent every year by benefits thieves. This is money that could have been spent on more local services including nurses, doctors, teachers, road improvements and more.

Common types of benefit fraud are:

  • Not declaring savings/capital (including ownership of property)
  • Living with a partner whilst claiming to be alone
  • A married couple claims one partner has left, but they have not
  • Not reporting a change in earnings or income, no matter how small
  • Not telling us about other adults living at the property
  • Not living at a property, but claiming housing benefit there
  • Not telling us you have moved
  • Not telling us you are closely related to your landlord.
  • Overstating the rent.
  • A landlord making up false tenants