Fraud

Plymouth City Council does not tolerate any level of fraud, corruption or bribery. It is committed to preventing, identifying and pursuing people who attempt to commit fraud against the public purse internally and externally.

Devon Audit Partnership works on behalf of Plymouth City Council. The Counter Fraud Services team review all allegations of fraud affecting the public purse within the Plymouth area. If you think someone is committing fraud against the Council and relates to social housing or benefits then please see the relevant sections below. For any other type of fraud then you can contact us with the following details

Email corporatefraud@plymouth.gov.uk or call (in confidence) 01752 304450. You can also write to us at Corporate Fraud Team, Plymouth City Council, Midland House, Plymouth PL1 2EJ.

Common types of fraud:

  • dishonestly claiming Council Tax Support or a Single Persons Discount
  • using another’s Blue Badge or Concessionary Travel Pass
  • providing false information to make a claim against the Council
  • dishonestly obtaining payments from Social Services.

Report social housing fraud

Social housing fraud or more commonly known ‘tenancy fraud’ is the use of social housing by someone not entitled to occupy that home. This includes providing false information to Devon Home Choice.

Plymouth doesn't have enough social housing to meet the requirements of people who genuinely need it. People waiting for social housing will have to wait even longer if homes continue to be occupied by people who have no right to be there.

Common types of fraud are:

  • unauthorised sub letting
  • using false information to gain a tenancy
  • wrongly claimed succession
  • key selling.

Email socialhousingfraud@plymouth.gov.uk or call (in confidence) 01752 304450 if you think someone is committing tenancy fraud. You can also write to us at Corporate Fraud Team, Plymouth City Council, Midland House, Plymouth PL1 2EJ.

Report benefit fraud

If you know someone who is claiming a benefit they are not entitled to please report it using our online form or contact the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854440. Your call is free and confidential. Lines are open between 8am – 6pm Monday – Friday.

You can report benefit fraud online on GOV.UK or by post to NBFH PO Box 224, Preston PR1 1GP. If you have speech or hearing problems you can use the text phone service on 0800 328 0512.

Some of the common types of benefit fraud:

  • not declaring work or under reporting hours worked or earnings.
  • living with a partner whilst claiming to be living alone
  • dishonestly claiming disability benefits
  • dishonestly claiming a carers benefit.