Fraud is not a victimless crime. It has an impact on the community. We have a team that will investigate reports of suspected fraud that appear to have been committed against the council.
If you think someone is committing benefit fraud you can report it online to the government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
- To report benefit fraud view our benefit fraud page.
Blue badge fraud
If you suspect misuse of a disabled parking blue badge, please contact us and provide as much information as possible, such as:
- Why do you suspect misuse or fraud?
- the blue badge serial number and expiry date
- details of the vehicle in which the badge is being displayed
- the location of the vehicle.
It is important to us that we receive notification of any abuse of the blue badge scheme. We will investigate the matter and consider what action, if any, can be taken.
You can report blue badge fraud online.
Council Tax fraud
Council tax fraud happens when someone provides false information to us to avoid paying the correct amount of council tax. This means there is less money available to help provide vital services for residents and businesses in our area.
Types of council tax fraud include:
- claiming to live in a single-person household to get the single person discount when more than one person lives in the household
- pretending to be a student to get the student discount when someone is not a student
- claiming a property is unoccupied and unfurnished
- failing to tell us that a claim for a council tax reduction is needed
You can report Council Tax fraud online.
Direct care payment fraud
Direct care payments are issued to assist with the provision of care. Fraud may occur if the funds are used inappropriately to support non-care provisions.
Do you know someone who is misusing their direct care payment?
Housing tenancy fraud
Housing tenancy fraud prevents people with a genuine need from being appropriately housed by the council.
Types of tenancy fraud include:
- renting a council home without permission
- moving out and renting a council home to someone else (sub-letting)
- living in a property after someone has died, without the right to do so
- permanently living somewhere else
- leaving a property empty without notifying us
- being offered a council home as a result of providing false information
- failing to tell us about a change of circumstances that may affect a tenancy
You can report housing tenancy fraud online.
Other types of fraud
Do you want to report any other fraud that you suspect is being committed against us and is not listed on this page?