We are committed to preventing, detecting and investigating Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit fraud in Derby.
There is a dedicated team of fully trained and accredited counter fraud professionals and support staff at Derby City Council working to protect the public purse in Derby.
All allegations of Benefit Fraud received will be investigated thoroughly.
Investigators have authority to :
They also and have access to numerous other sources of intelligence which assist in obtaining evidence of fraud.
Derby City Council investigators work closely with other agencies, including the Department For Work and Pensions to ensure all Social Security benefits at risk of abuse are indentified and investigated.
Benefit Fraud is a criminal offence which may involve:
In addition, any person can be guilty of an offence if they knowingly allow another to commit benefit fraud.
As well as the person claiming benefit, anyone suspected of involvement in a Benefit Fraud such as employers and landlords will be investigated.
We take all cases of Benefit Fraud seriously and will:
If you suspect someone is committing benefit fraud please report it immediately. You can:
You can also ring the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440.
Please note that you can remain anonymous and that your identity is not required.
We treat all the information you provide in confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. For more information about the Data Protection Act and our policy to keep all information received through Derby Advice and Derby Direct, download our Data Protection Act 1998 - policy statement.