Benefit fraud

1. Overview

Benefit fraud can start when a claim is made and you either provide made-up information or you fail to tell us all of the information required to assess your claim accurately.

It is a criminal offence for you to make false statements in order to get benefits that you would not otherwise be entitled to.

Fraud can also happen during the life of a benefit claim when you fail to tell us of a change in circumstances that may affect your entitlement to benefit.

How to report fraud

You can help us to fight fraud by reporting your concerns or suspicions to us using our online form.

You don't need to leave your details when completing the form. If you do want to leave your details, they will be kept in the strictest confidence.

Once you've reported something to us we'll pass all the relevant information to the Single Fraud Investigation Service at the Department for Work and Pensions, who will then evaluate it to determine whether investigation is appropriate.

The more information that we are given the better as this will make the evaluation more comprehensive and the more likely a successful outcome will be. We're not able to comment on ongoing investigations and due to Data Protection we are unable to give feedback on any reported allegations, so if you report a suspected fraud, we will not be able to update you on how an investigation is proceeding.