We look at every report we receive.
- First of all we decide if there is enough information to start
- In suitable cases we will investigate jointly with the
Department for Work and Pensions.
- We gather additional information about the suspect from a wide
range of sources, such as utility companies, banks and building
- The Benefit Fraud Investigation Team then investigates and
establishes the facts. Where appropriate they take action -
including the withdrawal of benefits or starting a criminal
- All this can take time.
- If the investigators believe that the person has committed an
offence then that person will be invited to attend a formal
interview under caution.
- Unfortunately we cannot comment on cases under investigation.
So if you report someone we will not be able to update you on how
the investigation is proceeding
Remember, if you are receiving benefit yourself it is your
responsibility to notify the local authority
immediately of any change in your circumstances
that may affect your entitlement to benefit.
You cannot assume that other organisations, like the Department
for Work and Pensions, will notify us on your behalf.
Benefit Fraud Hotline
Telephone: (0500) 658008