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Government's £150 rebate scheme

Eligible households across Allerdale will begin to receive their £150 energy cost council tax rebate from today (Thursday 12 May). 
 
More than 40,000 households will receive a one-off payment, with the first batch of payments for those in council tax bands A to D who pay for their council tax via direct debit.
 
There are some households whose Direct Debit details have not been verified and these will follow on as soon as possible. Households who don’t pay by direct debit will receive letters containing information on how they can collect the rebate from their local post office in the coming weeks. 

Find out more about the rebate scheme.

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 , (textphone 0800 328 0512 ) or fill in an online form. 

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

Report benefit fraud to the DWP

Change in circumstances

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

Report a change in circumstances

Talk to us

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.