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Tackling fraud

Rushcliffe Borough Council is committed to tackling benefit fraud. We know that most people who receive benefit are honest. However, there is a minority who are not.

Our investigators deal with the full range of benefit fraud from minor offences through to major frauds.

We aim to stop as much benefit fraud as we can and we achieve this by:

  • Prevention - strict benefit controls exist when new claims for housing and/or council tax reduction are first made. For example, customers must produce evidence about their identity, how much they have in savings, what their income is and who lives in the household, before any housing or council tax benefit is paid.
  • Checking - carrying out reviews, including visits, to check entitlement during the course of a claim
  • Detection - using our improved intelligence gathering and professional expertise to catch more fraudsters
  • Punishments - a range of actions are available, including prosecution where appropriate.
If you are receiving benefit yourself it is your responsibility to notify us 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.

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