Housing Benefit Fraud

Benefit Fraud is where people deliberately fail to report a change in their circumstances or lie in order to claim Housing Benefit and or Social Security Benefits.This can be a claimant acting alone or with the help of a third party, for example a landlord or employer.

Benefit Fraud is a criminal offence and if you think someone is fraudulently claiming benefit this will be investigated by Department for Work & Pensions. If evidence is found to prove that a person is committing fraud they maybe prosecuted or be made to pay a penalty.

If you suspect that someone is committing Benefit Fraud you should report them straight away.

Page last updated: 23 January, 2015