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Benefit fraud occurs where a claimant, landlord, or third party deliberately misrepresents their circumstances, or fails to declare a change in order to receive Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support, or other Social Security Benefits to which they know they are not entitled.

Report Benefit Fraud

Any information we receive is kept in the strictest of confidence and you can report suspected benefit fraud anonymously should you want to.

To report suspected fraud you can contact our Governance Team on: 01572 758 165 or by emailing: fraud@rutland.gov.uk or the National Benefit Fraud Hotline, Their free telephone number is 0800 854 440    

Examples of benefit fraud

  • Not declaring that a partner is living at the address    
  • Claiming for an address that you are not living at
  • Not telling us about earnings or savings or changes to them
  • Not declaring work  

Data Matching

This involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records it holds and with other external bodies. This is usually personal data and is carried out where the law allows. Where a match is found and shows a difference, an investigation is carried out. 


Housing Benefit fraud is investigated by the Department for Work and Pensions. Council Tax Support fraud is investigated by us working together with Leicester City Council. 

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