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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
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.