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Benefit Fraud

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Information about benefit fraud and how to report it.

If you suspect someone is committing benefit fraud, please help us by reporting it. The more details you can give, the more likely it is to be stopped. Please include the following information if possible:

  • Type of fraud you think is taking place
  • Name, age and address of suspect(s)
  • Descriptions of persons and any vehicles involved
  • Who they work for
  • What time they start or finish work
  • How long you suspect the fraud has been going on

If you wish to give your name and address it may assist the investigator but this is entirely voluntary.

How to report benefit fraud


  • Customers who wish to report Housing Benefit fraud to the DWP National Benefit Fraud helpline, please call 0800 854 440 (textphone 0800 320 0512).

  • Customers who wish to report Housing Benefit fraud in writing, please post the allegations to: NBFH, PO Box 224, Preston PR1 1GP

  • Benefit Fraud costs the country about £2 billion a year which is money that could be spent on public services.  This equates to around £80 a year for each household in Great Britain.  Fraud has an impact on the amount of Council Tax and Income Tax you pay and the amount of resources available to the Community.

 Some examples of Benefit Fraud are where people:

  • Work but do not declare this when they claim benefit
  • Claim as a single person but actually live with a partner
  • Claim from an address, but do not actually live there
  • Do not tell us the full amount of income, savings or capital when they claim benefit
  • Do not report a change of circumstances whilst receiving benefit do not declare an occupational or works pension