Types of benefit fraud
There are many ways in which benefit can be claimed fraudulently, some of these are listed below:
Failure to declare work
This involves claimants receiving housing/council tax benefit but failing to declare their earned income.
Non-disclosure of property, capital or income
This is where the claimant does not tell us about all their income, savings, capital or property so that the amount of benefit that they get is higher than it should be.
Non-disclosure of partner (living together as man and wife)
This usually involves a claimant not telling us that they have a partner (who is often working) knowing that this would mean that they would not be entitled to benefit.
Non-declaration of non-dependants or sub-tenants
This is where a claimant does not tell us about other adults living in the property so that they retain, or increase, their benefit entitlement.
False claims by homeowners
Where the owner of a property falsely claims benefit, stating that they are paying rent for the property. They invent a fictitious landlord and use false rent books and tenancy agreements.
False address or failing to declare a change of address
This is where the claimant is claiming benefit for an address where they do not live. These types of offences can involve the landlord or other tenants, or occur when the claimant does not tell us that they have moved out of a property.
Most commonly where a landlord continues to receive benefit paid directly to themselves when they know that the claimant has left the premises.
Where a tenancy is created between friends or family, where the property would not normally be rented, in order to obtain benefits to which they are not entitled.