Fraud affecting the Brent Council

Fraud costs the public sector an estimated £20 billion per year, £2 billion is lost by local government alone. Fraud has an impact on the level of Council and Income Tax and resources available to share amongst our community.

Our Audit and Investigations Unit investigates all types of fraud and corruption allegations affecting the Council (including Brent schools), whether you suspect our staff, partners, contractors or citizens, please don’t hesitate to report fraud.

Some examples of the fraud types investigated by the team include:

  • Social Housing fraud e.g. unlawful subletting, false housing application and false tenancy succession application.
  • Council Tax fraud e.g. falsely claiming to be single and receiving 25% discount on your council tax or providing false information to receive Council Tax Support.
  • Business Rates fraud e.g. companies falsely claiming empty property or charitable relief.
  • Insurance fraud e.g. people who make false or exaggerated insurance claims against the council for tripping on pavements.
  • Direct Payments fraud e.g. people who falsely claim to be disabled to obtain care funds or dishonestly using funds for non-care purposes.
  • Blue Badge fraud e.g. persistently and dishonestly displaying a Blue Badge without the genuine holder being present, displaying a Blue Badge that has been reported lost / stolen, is counterfeit / forged (altered) or where the badge holder is deceased.

Further information including the Council’s Anti-Fraud & Bribery Policy can be viewed in on the Frauds and corruption page.

How you can report allegations of fraud to the Audit & Investigations team:


Please note, from 1 October 2014 Housing Benefit fraud investigations will be conducted by the Single Fraud Investigations Service, part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

To help combat benefit fraud, please contact the DWP using the following options:

  • Report online
  • By phone - contact the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 440 - Your call is free and confidential you do not have to give your name or address. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
  • By text phone on 0800 328 0512