What is DWP benefit fraud? DWP stands for Britain's Department of Work and Pensions. When someone claims benefits for which they are not eligible, or misrepresents information to claim DWP benefits, these actions constitute DWP benefit fraud.
There are different categories of DWP benefit theft. It usually involves deliberating withholding information that could affect the amount or receipt of benefits.The most common types of DWP benefit fraud include working a job that pays in cash "under the table" while collecting DWP benefits; living with a partner while claiming to live alone; withholding information about assets or savings; failing to report return to work or any other income, including inherited money; misrepresenting the number of children living in the household; failing to report a change of address; not notifying DWP of a trip abroad
Penalties for DWP benefit fraud can include fines, and, in some cases, a prison sentence. In addition, the benefit thief will have to repay all stolen funds, and may have personal property such as homes or cars seized if he or she is unable to pay.
If you suspect someone is committing DWP benefit fraud, you must report this information to DWP. You can do so by making a free, confidential call to Britain's National Benefit Fraud Hotline at 0800 854 440. Your call is free and confidential, you do not have to give your name or address. The hotline is open from 7.00a.m. – 11.00 p.m., 7 days a week.