DBC Supports International Fraud Awareness Week
Last Updated: 18 Nov 2020 4:06pm
The campaign runs throughout this week (15-21 November) and is an opportunity to come together to look at how far reaching the effects of fraud can be and report those responsible for abusing the system.
Every year across the country, billions of taxpayers’ money is lost due to fraud. The National Fraud Office suggests that the full extent of public sector losses is unknown, since much fraud is hidden, difficult to find or remains unreported.
Types of fraud committed against local authorities include Council Tax fraud when a person deliberately gives incorrect information to pay less or no Council Tax, social care fraud to obtain funding or assistance they are not entitled to, blue badge fraud and insurance fraud when false claims are made against the Council.
Public money lost to fraud is money that could be used to improve communities and vital services. The Council’s Counter Fraud Teams are operating business as usual and are available to help. They will listen to any concerns and can also provide advice and guidance.
To report fraud please call the relevant number from the following:
- Dartford Borough Council Tax Reduction Fraud Hotline on 01322 343494
- Dartford Borough Council Tenancy Fraud Hotline on 0800 032 0031
- Housing Benefit Fraud should be reported to the National Benefit Fraud Hotline (NBFH) on 0800 854 440, via www.gov.uk/report-benefit-fraud or by post info to NBFH, PO Box 224, Preston PR1 1GP
- Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 (for personal financial fraud loss)