Birmingham Audit helps the Council meet high standards of service delivery, conduct and governance, and assists with the prevention and detection of fraud. This is achieved through the completion of independent reviews and examination of key systems and processes to ensure that risks are appropriately managed.
All Housing Benefit related fraud should be reported directly to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
Don't worry if you've reported a potential fraud to us that should have gone to the DWP. We will forward the information onto the DWP on your behalf. It is better for you to contact the DWP directly in relation to Housing Benefit fraud so that it is looked into more quickly.
Reporting suspected fraud
In common with other public sector bodies, the council has a duty to protect public funds.
If you suspect fraud for example; someone avoiding payment of council tax or business rates or submitting a false housing application, we would like you to report it.
Alternatively you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0121 303 4130.
Fraud can involve:
- providing us with false information or documents
- making a false representation or letting us believe their circumstances are different to what they really are
- withholding information in order to conceal something from us
- not reporting changes in circumstances
By managing risks proactively the council can make better use of limited resources and take advantage opportunities to improve services. More information about risk management can be found in the documents below: