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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, our operating hours remain unchanged. You are still able to access services and information from the website 24/7 and via email and phone during operating hours.

For information and advice on the Council’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), changes to Council services, the support that is available to residents and businesses, and to volunteer to help in your community, please see our Coronavirus information page

We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council

Benefit fraud

 

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