The information that you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence. You do not have to provide your name, but it is often extremely useful for the investigating officer to be able to speak to you to clarify information that is provided.
Please provide as much information as possible. For example, if you think that they have an undeclared partner, provide their name and/or description. When is a good time to catch them at home? Can you provide details of their car? If you think that someone is working while claiming benefit, where do they work or what type of work do they do? What time do they leave the house to go to work? How do they travel to work, etc? The more you can tell us, the greater the chance there is of proving fraud.
The purpose for collecting your personal details on this form, should you choose to give your name, is to allow the Council to investigate your concerns about Benefit Fraud. Once the form has been completed, the Council will store the details securely and confidentially within the Benefit Fraud Section on the Incase investigation system. Access to the information you provide will be limited to investigations officers and the information will be retained for 6 years following a successful prosecution, or the duration of any investigation, before being securely disposed of / deleted from our systems. It will not be made available to the subject(s) of the investigation. This information may be shared externally with the Department for Work and Pensions if benefit administered by them forms part of this enquiry.
Data protection laws prevent us from updating you on the progress of an investigation. Please be aware that investigations can often take a long time to complete.
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