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Benefit fraud

Benefit fraud is a criminal offence. Middlesbrough Council is committed to protecting public funds by taking action against benefit fraud. We will recover any benefit paid to someone who deliberately provides false or misleading information, or who fails to declare a change in circumstances with a view to getting benefits, for themselves or another person, to which they aren't entitled.

What is benefit fraud?

Benefit fraud is when people claim benefit, including housing benefit and Council Tax Reduction, to which they are not entitled, by giving false information or not telling us when their circumstances change.

The following are examples of benefit fraud (this list isn't exhaustive):

  • False addresses
  • False or contrived tenancies
  • Subletting part of a property where benefit is already being paid
  • Not declaring paid work
  • Not declaring other people who are living in the household
  • Not declaring income or capital
  • Not declaring ownership of other properties or land

What can you do about it?

If you have any information or concerns that you feel we should know about, please telephone the Department for Work and Pensions National Benefit Fraud Hotline by calling 0800 854 440. You can also report suspected benefit fraud online or by writing to the following address:

NBFH
PO Box 224
Preston
PR1 1GP

The more information you can provide, the better. You don't have to provide details about yourself, you can remain anonymous.