SKDC cracks down on people falsely claiming council tax discount

South Kesteven District Council.

South Kesteven District Council.

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All households in South Kesteven claiming a single person’s discount of 25 per cent on their council tax bill are being checked for authenticity.

South Kesteven Distrct Council is reviewing 19,254 claims to identify and remove those being claimed in error or fraudulently. In partnership with Capacity GRID, SKDC will check to see whether claims are genuine, by cross-referencing with other sources of information about their household such as the electoral roll registers and financial sector information.

Anyone whose claim for single person discount is under question will be contacted via letter and/or telephone as part of the review process. Those who fail to respond to requests for further information will have the claim withdrawn.

Councillor Terl Bryant, portfolio holder for good housing, 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 01476 406510.

“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.”

Residents can also change their details by logging on to www.southkesteven.gov.uk/spdr