Know a cheat in your street?

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Every year, thousands of pounds of your money is stolen by cheaters, money that should be used to improve your local community.

If you know a cheat in your street – report Benefit fraud, Housing tenancy fraud and Council tax fraud to us now!

Spot the cheater - don't let them get away

How do I report fraud?

How are they cheating us?

Benefit fraud – getting benefits they had no right to claim

  • For example, they are doing undeclared work, or someone is living with them but they claim to live alone.

Housing tenancy fraud – misusing council properties

  • For example, unlawful sub-letting, not living in the property and leaving it empty, making a fraudulent Right to Buy application, taking (or making) a payment for a mutual exchange, living in a property after the tenant has died where they had no right to succeed, or giving false or misleading information to get the tenancy.

Council tax fraud – falsely claiming Council Tax discounts

  • For example, claiming they live alone, or ¬†claiming they are a student.

Help us catch the cheaters

Finance Portfolio Holder Councillor Syd Stavrou said: “We know that most people who receive benefits are honest, but a minority are not. Fraud is not a victimless crime – it’s all our taxes that are being stolen.”

“If you suspect someone is claiming benefits they may not be entitled to, please tell us. You don’t have to tell us your name but it helps if you do. Any information you give will be treated in the strictest confidence. Help us catch the cheaters!”