Lower Council Tax claims to be checked

By Aaron Kendall   |   Assistant Editor   |
Saturday 23rd December 2017 4:19 pm
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WEST Somerset Council will soon be carrying out checks to ensure residents who receive a 25 per cent discount in their Council Tax bills because they are the only adult living in their property are receiving the correct amount of discount.

Residents receiving a Single Person Discount will receive a letter asking them to explain their current circumstances.

This will be a way of keeping records up to date and will allow residents to tell the council if there has been a change in their circumstances.

The checks form part of the council’s measures to prevent and detect fraud and protect the public purse. The council is keen to ensure people who are genuinely living alone are claiming the 25 per cent discount they are entitled to.

However, those who claim the discount improperly place an unnecessary burden on other residents.

Working in partnership with Powys County Council, the council will review details of credit applications and check information from other sources, to identify people who are claiming discounts they are not entitled to.

If residents do not respond to the review, the council will remove the Single Person Discount and may carry out further investigation.

People who may be incorrectly claiming or who are unsure if they are due a discount should contact West Somerset Council on 01643 703704 before the full review begins in January.

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