Guidance

Social security fraud: code of practice on obtaining information

Code of practice on getting information from listed organisations about their customers, to help deal with fraud against the benefit system.

Documents

Code of practice on obtaining information: Social Security Fraud Act 2001

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Code of practice on obtaining information: Social Security Fraud Act 2001 (print-ready PDF)

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The Social Security Fraud Act 2001 (referred to as the Fraud Act) introduced powers for authorised officers of the Department for Work and Pensions and local authorities to get information from listed organisations about their customers, to help deal with fraud against the benefit system.

This code of practice gives general guidance only and is not a complete and authoritative statement of the law. If you do not understand any of the contents of the code you may wish to seek independent advice.

We ran a consultation on this revised code in 2016.

Published 8 November 2016