Crackdown on council tax discount claims

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West Lindsey District Council ENGEMN00120130416110416

West Lindsey District Council is clamping down on people who claim a single person’s council tax discount that they are not entitled to.

Officers are urging claimants to check they still qualify for the 25 per cent discount.

The discount, worth a minimum of £250 a year, is given to anyone who claims to be living in a property on their own, currently about 12,750 people in the area.

The review process will be carried out between June and September, and anyone who claims for the discount may be contacted via letter or telephone as part of the process. Anyone failing to respond to requests for further information in relation to their claim will have the discount 
cancelled.

WLDC policy and resources committee chairman Coun Tom Regis said: “Sometimes it is easy to forget to update your details due to a change in circumstances but we are giving people an opportunity to do so before the review gets underway next month.

“The longer you leave it, the larger your backdated bill will be, so it makes sense to tell us as soon as possible.

“Even if you were living alone when you received your bill for the year, if another adult is living with you now, we will need to re-calculate the amount you need to 
pay.

“People who are genuinely claiming the discounts have nothing to worry about, but anyone found to be deliberately misleading us could face a fine of up to £70 in addition to increased payments and face legal action.”

You can contact WLDC at council.tax@west-lindsey.gcsx.gov.uk or call 01427 676676.