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COMBATING BENEFIT FRAUD

No ifs, no buts, benefit fraud costs everyone

 

South Staffordshire Benefit Services are committed to protecting public funds b y preventing, detecting and prosecuting benefit fraud.

 

  • Nationally, benefits amounting to £3 billion was claimed and spent by benefit thieves.

 

  • This was £3 billion that could have been spent on your local services providing teachers, doctors, improving roads, benefiting the whole community.

 

  • In 2011-12 South Staffordshire Benefit Services prosecuted 20 local people for benefit offences and issued 62 sanctions in the form of Administrative Penalties and Formal Cautions.

 

In 2011-12 South Staffordshire Benefit Services identified Housing and Council T ax Benefit overpayments amounting to £538,000. Benefit overpaid as a result of fraudulent claims is being actively recovered from the fraudsters.

 

You can help South Staffordshire Benefit Services to save public monies by reporting suspicions of benefit fraud on the Benefit Fraud Hotline: 0500 658 008.

 

South Staffordshire Council will take action against any person or group proven to have committed benefit fraud.

 

The following sanctions are available to the council:

 

  • Administrative Penalty - this is a fine. Which provides for a minimum penalty of £350.00 or 50% of the benefit overpayment, which ever is greater, upto a maximum penalty of £2000.

 

  • A Local Authority Formal Caution

 

  • Prosecution

 

We will name those people prosecuted successfully for benefit fr aud on the Council’s website and in the press and we will recover vigorously the benefits fraudulently obtained using all methods available to us, including:

 

  • Recovery from other benefits

 

  • Recovery from Capital assets

 

  • Freezing bank accounts and assets where appropriate

 

  • Court Action

 

  • Seizing goods

 

South Staffordshire Council jointly works with appropriate organisations to investigate benefit fraud and undertakes prosecutions with other government departments so that the courts can see the full lev el of the fraud committed and sentence those found guilty accordingly.

 

      BENEFIT CHEATS ARE STEALING FROM YOU!

 

If you suspect benefit fraud tell us, don’t leave it to someone else.

You can report a fraud in confidence by:

 

  • Speaking anonymously to a Benefit Investigator on 01902 696620/696619/696635/696481

 

  • Calling, free of charge, the 24-hour investigation Hotline: 0500 658 008

 

 

  • Sending a fax to the Investigation Team on 01902 696481

 

 

Or write to us at:

 

Benefit Services Investigation Team

South Staffordshire Council

PO Box 1644

Wolverhampton

WV8 1ZF

 

 

 

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