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Benefits fraud investigation

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Responsibility for investigating allegations of housing benefit fraud is now with the Department of Work and Pensions. We no longer investigate housing benefit fraud.

What to do if you suspect someone is claiming benefit they are not entitled to

If you think that someone is committing housing benefit fraud please call the DWP's fraud hotline on 0800 854 440 or go to their website at Report benefit fraud . Your call or referral will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and the DWP will follow up on all information they are given.

Other fraud and error

We are committed to the prevention and detection of fraud and error and to protecting the public purse.

We are working in partnership with South Northants council to develop a cross -authority approach to tackle fraud and error, to build resistance and to share good practice.

Cherwell District Council and South Northants Council have a joint Corporate Fraud Investigation team who are working to deter, prevent and detect any instances of fraud and error. This includes:

  • council tax discount fraud and error
  • council tax reduction fraud and error
  • housing fraud
  • business rates evasion
  • procurement fraud
  • grant fraud
  • licensing fraud

If you suspect someone is committing fraud against the council please call us on 0300 0030211. Alternatively fill out the Report benefit fraud online form.  All referrals will be treated in the strictest confidence

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