East Northamptonshire Council has appointed Local Government Shared Services (LGSS) to carry out a two year review of Council Tax single person discount claimants.
LGSS will check Council Tax payers who claim the 25% single person discount as part of East Northamptonshire Council’s continuing measures to detect and prevent fraud.
Working with Equifax credit reference agency, they use data matching technology to identify where people are claiming a Council Tax discount but may not be entitled. The review will involve around 11,500 council tax payers.
An average band D property has a current annual liability of £1423.79 and a single person discount of 25% equates to £355.94. Anyone claiming this discount who does not live alone is defrauding the council and other council tax payers.
Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council adds:
“We’re keen to ensure that those entitled to this discount are claiming it and are committed to making the system as clear as possible. However, Council Tax payers who claim the discount dishonestly are not only breaking the law, but place an unnecessary burden on other residents.”