The borough council has a team of trained investigators to examine all allegations of Benefit fraud. Every claimant has a duty to complete their application form accurately, truthfully and to report all changes of circumstances promptly. A failure to do so may be a criminal offence. All investigations will be carried out in accordance with statutory requirements on criminal investigation. If a case has sufficient evidence to suggest that an offence might have been committed, the claimant may be invited to attend an Interview Under Caution (IUC). The investigator will present the evidence and give the claimant an opportunity to comment and to explain the circumstances of the alleged offence.
At the end of the investigation a benefit investigation report is prepared and the council's Prosecution Policy is used to determine what further action may be required. This further action could be a legal sanction. Should you wish to find out more please click on one of the links below:-
- What is a change of circumstances and how do I report one to the council ?
- What is an interview under caution and what sanctions may be instigated by the council?
- What action did the Benefits Investigation Section take in 2010/2011?
The Government is currently running an advertising campaign aimed at raising awareness of fraud. Visit the Targeting Fraud website.