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Voluntary disclosure

Many people committing fraud will be aware of the ongoing campaign to stop people defrauding the system and worry about what they are doing. They may even want to come clean but are afraid of what will happen to them if they do.

It is better for people to admit they have been committing a fraud than to wait for the Council to find out by other means. The Social Security Fraud Act 2001 allows access to information from banks and other institutions without the person's knowledge.

The best course of action for someone committing benefit fraud is to make a voluntary disclosure, which means they voluntarily reveal a fraud that the council does not know about.

When someone makes a voluntary disclosure we still hold an investigation to obtain all the facts but consideration will be given to the fact that the disclosure was made voluntarily.