The Council is committed to preventing, detecting and putting an end to housing and council tax benefit fraud. It is estimated that every year benefit cheats cost the country around £900 million in stolen benefits. This is taxpayers’ money and it could be spent on improving services for people in real need.
Committing housing and council tax benefit fraud is a criminal offence, which the Council has a duty to investigate. It is important that the information given when applying for housing and council tax benefit is correct and complete. If we have evidence that someone is committing benefit fraud the action we take may include either prosecution, a financial penalty or a formal caution as outlined in the Council's benefit fraud prosecution policy. All investigations are carried out with integrity and in a professional manner by trained and qualified staff.
If you are receiving benefit yourself it is your responsibility to notify the local authority immediately of any change in your circumstances that may affect your entitlement to benefit. You cannot assume that other organisations e.g. the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), will notify us on your behalf.
How we tackle benefit fraud in Rushcliffe.
Examples of different types of benefit fraud.
Information you should tell us if you report a fraud.
Different ways you can report benefit fraud.
How we deal with your information and how long it takes.
Some of our successful investigations in 2011, 2012 and 2013.