Benefit fraud

Cheating the system - Benefit fraud

Benefit fraud is theft of public money.  Every year millions of pounds of public money is lost to benefit cheats. This is money which could be used to fund vital services or to help people who genuinely need help.

The council is committed to the prevention and detection of benefit fraud, and has stringent measures in place to catch benefit cheats.

People who are caught claiming benefits which they are not entitled to will not only be named and shamed but could end up with a criminal record, a heavy fine or even a jail sentence. They will also have to pay back any money they have stolen.

If you suspect someone is claiming benefits fraudulently, please let us know so our Benefit Fraud Team can investigate and take action.

Also if you are claiming benefits please remember that you if make a dishonest claim, or fail to let us know if your circumstances change, you will be caught and prosecuted.

For more information please contact our Benefit Fraud Team.

Last reviewed: 06 - 05 - 2014

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