Fraud comes in many different forms and fraud committed against Ashford Borough Council affects our ability to maintain our services to the public and the community as a whole.
Our Investigation Team are all highly trained officers with many years of experience. We depend on members of the public reporting suspicions and take every one seriously. So if you suspect anybody of committing fraud against us then please report it by of the following means:
Please tell us as much information as possible. We need to know the person being reported and their address and what fraud you think they are committing with details. e.g. descriptions of persons you believe are involved, vehicle details, addresses of any properties involved.
Please give your contact details. If you are happy to provide a statement, all details given are treated confidentially.
Housing benefit investigations are conducted by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) using the Single Fraud Investigation Service (SFIS).
Ashford Borough Council supports SFIS with any investigations they are conducting using data sharing rules in place to accommodate this.
We have a large housing stock and along with housing associations, we vigorously investigate any report of tenancy fraud. This includes sub-letting, applications for housing and right to buys.
Anyone liable to pay council tax who is the only adult aged over 18 living at the property, is entitled to claim a 25% discount of their annual council tax charge.
If you are aware of a property where the resident may be receiving this discount but there is more than one adult living at the property, please let us know and we will investigate it.
The Council Tax Reduction Scheme is run by us for the benefit of those on low incomes to assist in paying council tax. This scheme replaced the old council tax benefit scheme. People on this scheme have an obligation to notify us if changes take place that could affect their entitlement, but some fail to do so. If you suspect anybody, please tell us.
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