Flintshire County Council wants everyone who is entitled to claim benefits to apply for them, but stop those who steal from the system. Fraud has an impact on the amount of Council Tax and income tax you pay and the amount of resources available to the community.
- Benefits are for the needy - not the greedy.
- Benefit fraud is theft from everyone, taxpayers and non-tax payers alike. It's theft from those entitled to benefits.
- Benefit fraud is not just the Government's business - it's everybody's business.
Flintshire County Council is committed to protecting public funds through action against benefit fraud and anyone who cheats the benefit system will not be allowed to get away with it.
What is Benefit Fraud
Benefit fraud is where people claim a benefit including Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support they are not entitled to by giving false information or not telling us when their circumstances change.
People who deliberately claim benefit when they are not entitled to it are committing a criminal offence.
Any person who makes a false statement or produces a false document in order to obtain benefit is committing a criminal offence that is punishable
Any person who fails to notify the Council of a change of circumstances in order to continue to receive benefit is committing a criminal offence that is punishable
Flintshire County Council are anxious to ensure that people who are entitled to benefits receive all the help they need.
We do however consider Benefit Fraud to be a serious offence against not only the Council and the Government, but against society as a whole, for this reason we are seriously committed to tackling the issue of Benefit fraud in a professional manner , working to guidelines and legislation laid by the Government
Money lost to Benefit cheats is money that is supposed to be spent on you and on services provided by the Council.
Benefit fraud is a criminal offence involving false claims for Benefits such as Housing Benefit and Income Support. It is a major part of organised crime today.
How to report suspicions of fraud
If you suspect that someone is claiming benefit fraudulently, please let us know. All information is kept strictly confidential and you do not have to give your name and address if you don't want
DWP Contact Details
You do not have to give your name and all contacts will be treated in complete confidence.
What information do you need to provide?
The list below indicates the type of information we need in order to initiate an investigation. Don’t be put off because you don’t know everything on the list, just provide as much information as you can.
- Name(s) and address(s) of person(s) involved.
- Type of benefit fraud being committed.
- Description(s) of persons involved.
If someone is working and claiming:
- Name & address of employer.
- How long has person has worked there?
- Type of work done? - Number of hours? - Level of earnings?
- Time the person works (start and finish).
- Are any work clothes worn - description.
- Is a company vehicle used?
If someone is not declaring a resident partner:
- Name and description of partner.
- Approximate age.
- How long has partner been resident?
- If partner works, full name and address of their employer, plus times they work. Any work clothes worn / do they have a company vehicle?
- If the partner is also claiming benefits, do you know from what address and what benefits are being claimed?
If someone is not living at an address:
- How long has the person not been resident?
- What address does the person live at?
- Name of householder there.
- Have all belongings been removed from address?
- Does anyone visit to pick up post at address? - When and how often?
If someone is not declaring other capital owned:
- Type of capital? Bank accounts/house/unit trusts/stocks/shares/premium bonds etc.
- Which bank(s)?
- Address of property(s) owned?
- If other property owned, is it rented out? - to who? - How long has it been rented out? - Any other tenant’s names? - Amount of rent charged?
- How long have they owned the property?
If someone is not declaring other income:
- What type of income is it?
- How much? - How long have they been receiving it? – From who?
If someone is not declaring other adults (not their partner) living with them:
- Name(s) and descriptions.
- How long have they been resident?
- Do you know their previous address?
- Working or claiming benefits? - Full employer details.
- If working, the times they work?
- Do they pay rent to stay there?
Sometimes landlords can be involved in the fraud. If you know or suspect a landlord to be involved in fraudulent activity please provide as many details as you can concerning the property, the tenants and the circumstances involved.
Employers can sometimes collude with employees to help them abuse the benefits system. Please provide us with as much evidence as possible if you are aware this is happening. Employer name, address, premises used, vehicles used, as many employee names as you can, suppliers or customers that employees may deal with regularly.
Provide the make (e.g. Ford) model (e.g. Mondeo) colour and registration of vehicle(s) being used. If a vehicle has logos, markings or business details on it, please ensure these are also given.
Confirm if any person involved in the fraud is known to be potentially violent. If yes, how do you know this? Remember, the more details you can provide about the alleged fraud, the more likely it is that we'll be able to initiate an investigation.