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Why is the Single Person Review being undertaken?
Each year local authorities nationwide receive a high volume of applications for Single person's discount. Sadly some of these applications are not genuine and as such impacts upon the already overstretched budgets of Local Authorities all over the country.
To ensure those who are paying the correct level of Council Tax are not subsidising others who are falsely claiming the discount, we are carrying out a review to remove ineligible or erroneous claims.
Why have I been sent a letter?
In order to carry out this review, we are using information that we hold on our Council Tax records and data from credit reference agencies. This data can provide an indication of who may be living at an address. We are still writing to all customers as this information may not be reliable. This may be due to:
We are writing to customers so that we can make sure the information that we hold is correct and that discount are awarded to those people who are entitled.
Why do I need to respond?
Checks will be made to make sure that the single person discounts we have awarded are valid and that our information is up to date. However, occasionally circumstances may not be so easy to explain. To help in these situations we have included below the most frequently asked questions that can arise throughout this review period. Wrongly claiming the single person discount for council tax may result in fines and having to pay the money back. Anyone claiming the discount, whose situation has now changed, should contact the council to avoid such action.
What should I do now?
Please confirm your current details by clicking on the Single Person's Discount Review link at the top of the page.
To access your form you will need to enter your unique PIN number. You can find this PIN number on the letter we have sent to you.
If you have any questions regarding the form or require further information click on the link below to access the frequently asked questions page.
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