Council campaign to tackle benefit cheats
Telford & Wrekin Council is launching a new crackdown on benefit cheats.
Money they take dishonesty is money that could be better used to protect essential services such as those for vulnerable adults and children and ensure benefits and support are available for those who genuinely need them.
Councillor Richard Overton, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Enforcement said: “We are doing all we can to detect fraudulent claims but we can’t do it on our own.
“Dishonest claimants are taking money from the pockets of the honest people of our borough and depriving their vulnerable neighbours of the essential services they need. They are also cheating those who are genuinely entitled to benefits.
“We need the help of residents to tell us if they suspect someone of claiming something they are not entitled to. It will help us make sure the help goes to those who really need it.”
Any of the following things could suggest a fraudulent claim:
•People who are working but haven’t told the Council
•People who are claiming a single person discount for Council Tax but are actually living with a partner
•People who do not tell the Council about all the people that live in their household, for example grown up sons or daughters
•People who do not declare all their income and capital when they claim benefit or when it increases during a claim
•People who do not tell the Council about all the properties they own
•People who claim benefit from an address where they do not live
Reports can be submitted through:
•the Council’s Everyday Telford app (available for iOS, Android and Windows devices)
•online via www.telford.gov.uk/fraud
•or 01952 383839
Anyone who makes a report can remain anonymous.