Checks on single person discounts
We regularly carry out reviews of all Council Tax payers who are claiming 25% single person discount.
This review will involve the council working with Equifax, the credit reference agency, using data-matching technology to identify where people are claiming discounts that they may not be entitled to.
The checks form part of the council’s measures to prevent and detect fraud and protect the public purse.
Single person discount is an entitlement that the council is keen to ensure is claimed by taxpayers who are genuinely entitled. However, taxpayers who claim the discount improperly place an unnecessary burden on other residents.