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