Benefit fraud investigation

Reporting benefit fraud

Midlothian Council works with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to investigate benefit fraud.

If you have any concerns that relate to a fraudulently obtained Housing Benefit or DWP state benefit there are a number of ways you can tell us:

The information you provide is strictly confidential.

The more information you give us, the more likely the investigation will result in a positive outcome.

Remember, if you are a taxpayer, it is your money that pays for services and benefits. Benefit fraud is stealing and we are committed to reducing it but need your help.

Examples of someone committing benefit fraud:

  • working but not declaring this when claiming benefit
  • claiming as a single person but living with a partner
  • claiming from an address but not living there
  • not declaring us the full amount of income, savings or capital when claiming benefit
  • claiming when, for any reason, they have no right to claim Housing Benefit or DWP state benefits