Fraud is a criminal offence
Fraud is where someone acts dishonestly to make a gain for themselves or another person.
People who commit fraud deceive us by:
- telling us false information
- failing to tell us about certain things
- abusing their position
Fraud and corruption has a direct impact on the community as losses to us can mean cuts in services or increases in council tax costs to maintain services.
Our Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy is designed to prevent this from happening by promoting detection and supporting investigation.
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 evaluate it to determine whether investigation is appropriate. The more information you give us the better as it will make the evaluation more comprehensive and a successful outcome more likely.
All allegations relating to benefit fraud will be passed to the Single Fraud Investigation Service, who will conduct their own evaluation.
We're not able to comment upon 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.