East Lindsey District Council to review all 25 per cent council tax discounts for authenticity

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All households in East Lindsey claiming a single person’s discount of 25 per cent on their Council Tax bill are being checked for their authenticity.

This is part of an ongoing review to validate legitimate Single Person Discount Claims and identify and remove those being claimed in error or fraudulently.

A 25 per cent discount, worth at least £228 a year, is given to anyone who claims to be living in a property on their own. Currently 20,619 properties in the district claim a single person discount.

With the support of Lincolnshire County Council, and in partnership with CapacityGRID, East Lindsey District Council will check to see whether people are genuinely living alone, by cross-referencing with other sources of information about their household such as, but not limited to, the electoral-roll registers and financial sector information.

The review process will be carried out between now and the end of October, during which time, anyone whose claim for Single Person Discount is under question will be contacted as part of the review process.

Anyone failing to respond to requests for further information in relation to their claim will have the claim withdrawn from the beginning of the current financial year or from the date the discount was applied if within the current financial year.

If, during the review process, checks indicate that another adult is living at the address, the discount will be withdrawn.

East Lindsey’s Portfolio Holder for Finance, Councillor John Upsall said: “We will be contacting all those we believe to be claiming incorrectly, but in the meantime, I would urge anyone who is claiming the discount and whose circumstances have changed to contact us immediately by telephoning 01507 601111.”

Waiting before informing the council of changes in circumstances will result in a larger back-dated bill, so residents are asked to contact the council as soon as possible.

Even if a household was entitled to the discount when they received their Council Tax bill for the year, if another adult is now living at the address, the Council Tax paid will need to be recalculated.

The council says that people who are genuinely claiming the discount have nothing to worry about, but anyone found to be deliberately misleading them could face a fine of up to £70, as well as the backdated bill.