Help us beat the benefit cheats
Brentwood Council has a small, dedicated team of investigators who are determined to detect and stamp out benefit fraud. Every year false benefit claims cost the country millions of pounds - money that could be spent on better public services.
Who are the benefit cheats?
Benefit cheats are people who deliberately try to claim benefits they are not entitled to by giving false information or by failing to tell the councils benefit section when their circumstances change. The benefit cheats are taking money from people like you! Every penny you pay to national and local government in the form of taxes, National Insurance contributions and Council Tax is spent on providing public services and state benefits - why should you pay to keep the benefit cheats?
What is Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit fraud?
Some examples of the types of fraud the benefit cheats commit are:
- Working whilst claiming to be unemployed or sick
- Non disclosure of property or capital
- Non disclosure of income
- Non disclosure of a partner (living together as husband and wife)
- Non disclosure of non-dependants or lodgers
- Setting up of a bogus Tenancy Agreement or bogus tenants
- Failing to declare a change of address
- Benefit cheats should not be confused with people who make a genuine mistake when applying for benefit - people who deliberately claim benefit they are not entitled to are committing a criminal offence.
How are we tackling the benefit cheats?
- All information supplied by people applying for benefit is checked
- Information supplied in support of a benefit claim may be shared with other agencies
- The Benefit Investigation Team will look into all suspected fraud
- The Council will prosecute benefit cheats and recover any overpayment of benefit
How can you help?
You can make sure the Council pays the right amount of benefit to those who need it by reporting any suspected fraudulent claims to the Council’s Fraud Investigation Team.
If you suspect that someone you know is committing fraud please telephone the Council's confidential Fraud Hotline on 0800 0281492
You can also report your information by completing the on line form, Report Fraud, which will be sent directly to the Investigation Team.
If you prefer, you can send your information to the Investigation Team by email, quoting "Fraud Web page". Email email@example.com
You do not have to give your name and address if you do not want to but all information received is treated in the strictest confidence. It would help the Investigation Team if you could provide as much information as possible when you report a suspected fraud - the more information you give the easier it will be to gather the evidence needed.
This webpage is designed for your benefit - we welcome any comments you may have about the layout, design and usefulness of the topics included on it. Please email your comments to us - good as well as bad please! - quoting reference 'Benefit webpage'. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Report fraud - This form can also be used to make an enquiry, make a complaint or pay a compliment regarding the service.
- Brentwood Borough Council Litigation Section - 2012 (0.13 MB as PDF document)
- Benefit Fraud Annual Report - 2011 - 2012 (0.07 MB as PDF document)
- Address: Brentwood Borough Council, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AY
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 01277 312500
- Fax: 01277 312743
- Minicom: 01277 312809
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This page was updated on 1 August 2012.
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