Report suspected fraud for both housing benefit and council tax support and advice for those who have committed fraud.
Report suspected benefit fraud
Whilst our online form is the fastest way to contact us, you can still report suspected fraud by any of the following:
Fraud Investigation and Enforcement Team East Riding of Yorkshire Council County Hall Beverley East Riding of Yorkshire HU17 9BA
You need to fill in and sign the form, then return it using the envelope provided.
If you fail to do this, your claim for housing benefit or council tax support will be stopped.
You have received the form because we have received information that suggests your circumstances may have changed.
We may have suspended your claim because:
Your payments have been stopped until we can confirm your current circumstances. If you wish to discuss this further, please contact the person named on the letter you have received.
No, you do not have to attend the interview but it 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 below.
Please note: in serious cases we may request that the police arrest you to enable us to carry out 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.
This depends on what you have said during the interview. We may need to make further enquiries. If so, you will receive a letter to update on the progress of the case every 28 days.
Once all enquiries and interviews are complete, we will make a decision as to what action, if any, is taken against you.
If we believe you have committed an offence we may:
If there is no evidence of an offence no further action will be taken. We will write to you with a summary of our findings and let you know that the investigation is closed.
Regardless of our decision, you must still pay back any amount you have been overpaid.
No, administrative penalties are not recorded on the police national computer. They are recorded locally by our fraud investigation and enforcement team.
If you commit further offences in the future, any penalties held on your record will be taken into account when we are deciding what action is taken against you.
Once you accept an administrative penalty, we will send you an invoice. Find out how to pay invoices.
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 Local Government Finance Act 1992 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.