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Policy Exceptional Hardship Fund policy

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15. Fraud

The revenues and benefits service is committed to protect public funds and ensure funds are awarded to the people who are rightfully eligible to them.

A customer who tries to fraudulently claim an Exceptional Hardship Fund award by falsely declaring their circumstances, providing a false statement or evidence in support of their application, may have committed an offence under The Fraud Act 2006.

Where the Revenues and Benefits Service suspects that such an offence may have been committed, this matter will be investigated as appropriate and may lead to criminal proceedings being instigated.