Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.
Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.
Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page
We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council
Message from Mayor of Castle Point Councillor Colin Riley
From July 4th new changes on lockdown come into place. Pubs, bars and restaurants are able to open subject to government guidelines.
We want our residents to enjoy themselves but it is important we all act responsibly.
- Stay alert and stay safe to help prevent spreading the virus.
- Keep a safe distance from others and continue to wash your hands regularly.
If you do go to the pub, have fun but be sensible;show respect for others and do not do anything that puts you or other people at risk.
Benefit fraud is committed by either:
- intentionally not reporting a change in your circumstances
- being dishonest in order to get benefits
Reporting Benefit Fraud
If you think someone is committing benefit fraud you can report it online to the
- Click here to report benefit fraud or
- Please contact the DWP National Benefit Fraud, free helpline number 0800 854 440 (textphone 0800 320 0512). Your call is free and confidential and you do not have to give your name or address. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm
Below is further guidance, as taken from the website of Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
What happens if you’re suspected of fraud
You’ll be contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs, the Service and Personnel and Veterans Agency or your local authority if you’re suspected of fraud.
You may be visited by Fraud Investigation Officers (FIOs) or asked to attend an interview to talk about your claim.
Your benefit may be stopped while you’re investigated. You’ll get a letter telling you about this if it happens.
FIOs will gather facts about your case and decide whether to take further action.
What happens after a benefit fraud investigation
If there’s evidence you’ve committed fraud, you’ll be told to pay back the overpaid money. One or more of the following may also happen:
- you may be taken to court or asked to pay a penalty (between £350 and £5,000)
- your benefits may be reduced or stopped