Benefit Investigation Unit
The benefit fraud investigators are located in the Amber Valley Borough Council area and their main task is to respond to allegations of fraud committed by benefit claimants.
The Benefits Investigation Unit also work with specialist teams to investigate employers who collude with their workers, allowing them to get benefits illegally and with others dealing with more serious and organised fraud. Investigators also work with the Police, Job Centre Plus, HM Revenue and Customs, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and other organisations to fight benefit fraud.
A network of Intelligence Units supports the investigation process by gathering and analysing intelligence. This includes exercising the Benefits Investigation Unit powers under the Social Security Fraud Act (2001), which allows us to get information about people we're investigating from their banks and building societies and from utility (water, gas and electric) and telephone companies.
The Social Security Fraud Act 2001
The Social Security Fraud Act 2001 provides powers to improve the investigation of fraud and enables more severe punishment for repeat offenders. Most of the new powers under this Act came into effect in April 2002. These include:
- new powers to get information about customers we suspect are committing benefit fraud, from their banks, building societies and other organisations
- new penalties for people convicted twice of a benefit offence
- new penalties for employers who know that the people they employ are committing benefit fraud.
Fraud undermines public confidence in the benefits system and we are working to restore this.
Use our online benefits calculator to check your benefits entitlement.