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Benefit fraud

1. Overview

Benefit fraud is where people claim a benefit including Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support that they're not entitled to. They do this by giving false information or not telling us when their circumstances change.

People who deliberately claim benefit when they are not entitled to it are committing a criminal offence.

Examples of benefit fraud:

  • People who work but don't declare this
  • People who claim as a single person but live with their partner or non- dependant
  • People who don't declare their full amount of income, earnings, capital or ownership of another property when they claim benefit
  • People claiming from an address they don't live at
  • People who don't promptly advise of a change of circumstances