The Council has a duty to ensure it protects public money and assets from the risk of fraud and corruption. Fraud costs Local Authorities an estimated £2.1bn per year, this is money that councils cannot use to provide important services.
To reduce the risk of fraud the council needs to maintain an effective internal control framework, this includes up to date policies and procedures, our two key policies relating to fraud and corruption are:
Benefit fraud is where people claim any benefit including Housing Benefit that they are not entitled to. Anyone who knowingly fails to declare their true circumstances when receiving benefit is committing fraud.
You can report suspected Housing Benefit fraud in the following ways:
- Online at www.gov.uk/report-benefit-fraud
- Contact the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440.
(Your call is free and confidential you do not have to give your name or address. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm)
There may be other types of fraud that you suspect including Housing Register, Council Tax Discounts, Business Rates, Licensing, Planning, Procurement and Grants. You can report these by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.