Close Annual canvass

We are currently carrying out the annual canvass of electors to update the electoral register. Please note that your canvass form may state that you or other people in your house are over 76. We gather this information for jury service purposes and our system defaults to this category if we do not hold a date of birth for an elector. If this information is incorrect please make the necessary amendments on the paper form and send it back to us in the envelope provided. 

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Housing Benefit Fraud

Housing Benefit fraud is a criminal offence. It is not a victimless crime. Allerdale Borough Council is committed to preventing and detecting benefit fraud, and works closely with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Examples of benefit fraud

  • People who work but do not declare this when they claim benefit
  • People who claim as a single person but actually live with a partner
  • People who claim from an address but do not live there
  • People who do not declare their full income or savings when they claim benefit.

Reporting benefit fraud

Report suspected benefit fraud by ringing the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440, Text Phone 0800 328 0512 or by filling in the online form 

  Report benefit fraud to the DWP

Following the formation of the single fraud investigation service, all allegations of housing benefit fraud are investigated by the DWP.

Don't get caught up in fraud

The Government is running a campaign called "Do The Right Thing". The aim is to enable you to report suspected benefit fraud.

People who claim benefits have a duty to notify the Council of any changes in circumstances which might affect their entitlement. You must inform the Council straight away if you have a change.

Report a change in circumstances

If you would like to talk to us about Housing Benefits you can contact us via email housing.benefits@allerdale.gov.uk or telephone our Customer Services team on : 0303 123 1702.