Information about how to report suspected fraud for both housing benefit and council tax support.
The best way to report your suspicions is to contact us on the telephone number below and speak to an officer who will take down your concerns in confidence.
The more information you provide us with, the greater prospect we have of proving any fraud that may be taking place.
Please contact our 24 hour fraud hotline on Telephone: (01482) 394949. Please note, an answer phone facility is in operation outside of office hours.
Complete our fraud referral form (opens in new window)
Send us a text message to 07786200850.
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also write to is at the following address:
Fraud Investigation and Enforcement Team, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, County Hall, Beverley East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BA
You need to fully complete and sign the form returning it in the envelope provided.
If you fail to do so, your claim for housing benefit or council tax support will be stopped.
You have received the form because the council has received information that suggests your circumstances may have changed.
We may have suspended your claim because you have failed to comply with a request to review your claim or we have evidence showing that your circumstances have changed. Until we are able to confirm your current circumstances your payments will stop.
If you wish to discuss this further please contact the person named on the letter you have received who will let you know why your payments have been suspended.
Depending on what you have said during the interview we may need to make further enquiries. If so, you will receive a letter providing you with an update on the progress of the case every 28 days.
Once all enquiries and interviews have been completed a report summarising the facts of the case will be considered by the fraud investigation and enforcement manager who will then make a decision as to what further action, if any, is taken against you.
In all instances you are required to repay any amount you have been overpaid. If it is believed that an offence has been committed you may be offered a formal caution (housing benefit cases only), an administrative penalty or you may be prosecuted.
Where there is no evidence of an offence no further action will be taken, however, any benefit you have wrongly received has to be repaid. We will write to you summarising our findings and inform you that the investigation is closed.
No, neither of these sanctions are recorded on the police national computer. They are recorded centrally by the Department for Work and Pensions and locally by the fraud investigation and enforcement team. Should you commit further offences in the future then these sanctions will be taken into account when deciding what future action is taken against you.
Once your administrative penalty has been finalised you will be sent an invoice.
You do not have to attend the interview, however, the interview is your opportunity to give an explanation of the facts.
If you do not attend the interview we will consider the evidence we have and make a decision on further action as outlined above.
In serious cases we may request the police arrest you to enable us to conduct the interview. Throughout the interview you have rights and entitlements, including the right to silence, which will be explained at the start of the interview.
You should attend court at the time and date specified on the summons. You should also consider seeking legal advice prior to your court appearance.
Yes, investigators are authorised under the Social Security Administration Act to obtain information from employers. When an authorised officer requests this information under this legislation you are compelled to provide it or you risk prosecution yourself. You do not have to provide information that may incriminate you or your spouse.
No, the information we receive is treated as strictly confidential and will not be disclosed.
All allegations of benefit fraud are treated in confidence and as such we are unable to disclose whether an investigation is taking place.
Every allegation we receive is taken seriously and considered by a senior officer. The more detailed information you supply the greater the prospect of proving any offence.