What is Benefit Fraud?
Benefit fraud occurs when a person knowingly obtains public funds to which they have no entitlement to.
There are many circumstances which can result in a person obtaining benefit to which they are partly or wholly not entitled to. The most common reasons are:
- Failing to declare paid employment
- Failing to declare your full income
- Failing to declare all your capital and savings
- Failing to declare another adult living with you
- Falsely obtaining benefit for a property you do not reside at
- Obtaining benefit for a property you are not liable to pay rent for
- Creating circumstances to deliberately abuse the benefit system
- Providing false or misleading information about your circumstances.
People who deliberately fail to report a change in their circumstances are also committing benefit fraud, irrespective of whether they continue to be entitled to benefit or not.