We are committed to preventing, detecting and investigating housing benefit fraud in Derby.
There is a dedicated team of fully trained and accredited counter fraud professionals and support staff working to protect the public purse in Derby.
Benefit fraud is a criminal offence which may involve deliberately failing to report a change in circumstances such as:
It can also include providing false information such as:
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.
All cases of benefit fraud are taken seriously and can result in:
You can report housing benefit fraud in three ways:
1. By telephone:
Contact the National Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440. Your call is free and confidential; you do not have to give your name and address. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.
If you have speech or hearing problems you can use a text phone service on 0800 328 0512.
Visit the Government Fraud Reporting website.
3. By post:
NBFH, PO Box 224, Preston PR1 1GP.