Benefit fraud

On 1 April the single new council for North Yorkshire launched replacing Scarborough Borough Council and other local authorites in North Yorkshire.

To find your Councillor or to view minutes, meetings and agendas please visit the North Yorkshire Council website.

Housing Benefit and Universal Credit fraud

You can report:


By telephone: Contact the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 4400. Your call is free and confidential you do not have to give your name or address. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.00pm. If you have speech or hearing problems, you can use a text phone service on 0800 328 0512 or Welsh speakers can call on 0800 678 3722.

By post: National Benefit Fraud Hotline, Mail Handling Site A, Wolverhampton, WV98 2BP

Local Support for Council Tax fraud

Local Council Tax Support fraud are investigated by our counter-fraud providers Veritau.

Benefit fraud can include:

  • Making a false statement when applying for benefits, by not providing correct information or omitting any information.
  • Intentionally failing to report a change of circumstances, for example, a partner moving into a property which receives benefits, or changes to income or total amount of money a person holds whilst they receive benefits.

More details of changes the council needs to know about can be found here: Local Support for Council Tax

We rely on members of the public to report all suspected cases of benefit fraud and abuse, and we investigate all reports we receive. Any information you provide can be reported anonymously if you wish.

How to report LSCT fraud

By email:

By telephone: 0800 9179 247

By post to: Veritau Fraud, West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA