East Lindsey District Council is reminding anyone who lives in a caravan as their main home that they must register for council tax as not doing so is illegal.
Caravan park owners in Lincolnshire are co-operating with the council to help identify residents whose main home is a caravan but who are not currently paying Council Tax.
These residents may also not have proper access to GP Services or be claiming benefits that they are entitled to.
Portfolio Holder for Finance, Coun John Upsall, said; “It is only right that people living in East Lindsey should pay their fair share of council tax to support the huge range of local services provided by Councils and the police that they have access to.
“We are identifying and encouraging people using caravans as their main residence to voluntarily come forward and register for council tax, therefore easing the tax burden on everyone else. It is not fair that other residents pick up the tab for those who are not paying their way when they should be. So far this work has been well supported by, not all, but most caravan site owners.”
So far, around 500 caravan owners have been identified as using their caravan as their sole or main residence, potentially representing around £500,000 each year in council tax in support of services provided by Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Police, Town and Parish Councils and the District Council.
This work also gives the Councils and emergency services an informed view on flood risk and provides people who were previously living ‘under the radar’ the confidence to register with other valuable public services such as GP Services.
Those on a low income may also be eligible for council tax Support.
Anyone who lives in a caravan as their main or sole residence must declare this for Council Tax purposes and not doing so is an act of fraud for which the Council will take appropriate action against.
To register for council tax, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0845 450 1264.