In April 2013, the Government abolished the national Council Tax Benefit scheme and made it a legal requirement that every council developed its own local scheme equivalent which is partially funded by local tax payers. Council Tax Support is awarded to low income households to reduce the amount of council tax they are expected to pay during the year. Traditionally it was a social security offence to fraudulently claim help towards the council tax bill and in the worse cases could be a prosecutable offence.
From 2nd September 2015, responsibility for the investigation of Housing Benefit fraud transferred to a new Government agency called the Single Fraud Investigation Service or SFIS. Whilst this is the case for Housing Benefit, responsibility for the investigation and punishment of possible council tax frauds remains with Derbyshire Dales District Council.
Council Tax Support fraud will occur, where
- Someone claims making a false statement about their circumstances e.g. not telling us of all the income that household receives or where a partner is living in that home, or
- Failing to report a change in their circumstances, e.g. where someone starts work or has a partner who works moving into their home.
If you have any information about someone who is claiming Council Tax Support to which they may not be entitled to you can report your suspicions to us by telephoning the Benefits Fraud Hotline on 01629 761330 or by speaking to someone in the Benefits Section on 01629 761188. Please note that you do not have to give your name and that all information provided will be treated sensitively and held securely in accordance with data protection requirements.
Those numbers again: 01629 761330 or 01627 761188.
Reporting council tax support fraud helps Derbyshire Dales District Council save money which can be used to provide essential services within our community.