The monies lost through fraudulent activity takes away resources vital to the local authority. Trafford Council, in accordance with its Anti-fraud and Corruption strategy, will investigate any allegations of fraud that it is believed may be being committed against the authority.
What counts as fraud?
We want to hear from you about any activity being committed against the Council that you believe to be fraudulent. This could include:
- People who work, but don't declare this when they submit their claim.
- People who claim as a single person, but actually live with a partner.
- People who claim from an address, but do not live there.
- People who do not declare the full amount of their income and savings when they claim people who do not report changes in their circumstances.
- Not registering for Council Tax when moving into a property.
- Claiming to be the only person living in a property to get a single person discount, when other people are also resident, or the property is empty.
- Claiming a student exemption that they are not entitled to.
- Not reporting a change in their circumstances.
- Giving false information to reduce a business rates bill.
- Not declaring a business has moved into premises to avoid being charged rates.
- Creating a false tenancy to avoid paying business rates.
- Continuing to accept social care payments after the eligible person has died.
- Not passing on social care payments to a carer and using it to pay for other things.
- Using a badge when the disabled person it belongs to is not present.
- Using forged badges such as scans or photocopies.
- Selling lost or stolen badges.
- An officer or councillor using their position to secure a job, grant or contract for a friend or family member.
- A contractor trading fraudulently by avoiding paying tax, or invoicing for services not being provided.
- An officer or councillor using their position to avoid paying for something or obtaining services for themselves.
- Making false overtime/expenses claims.
Sometimes an investigation uncovers more than one type of fraud being committed by the same person. We will use the information you give us to stop any type of fraud we discover.
How to report a fraud
If you wish to report somebody you believe is defrauding the Council, you can do so by contacting us in a number of different ways:
Complete our online fraud report form
Telephone: 0161 912 1839 or 0161 912 1026
Counter Fraud & Enforcement Team
2nd Floor, Sale Waterside
Housing Benefit fraud
Housing Benefit fraud is now investigated by the Department for Work and Pensions. If you wish to report somebody who you believe is falsely claiming Housing Benefit please report it to:
The DWP National Benefit Fraud helpline
PO Box 224,
Tel: 0800 8540440 (textphone 0800 320 0512)
or via www.gov.uk/report-benefit-fraud
When you've reported fraud
We will take your allegation seriously, and we will investigate if we have enough information. Anything you tell us will be treated in the strictest confidence. However we cannot tell you about the progress of our investigations. When we catch fraudsters we may:
- Stop them getting the council service they've been Fraudulently obtaining, for example their Blue Badge
- Recover money fraudulently claimed
- Prosecute them in the courts
- Publicise our successful cases in the local press
- Ensure that correct council tax and/or business rates liability is charged