Coun­cil tax dis­count crack­down


CHESHIRE East is crack­ing down on res­i­dents claim­ing coun­cil tax dis­counts.

The coun­cil is run­ning data checks on house­holds cur­rently claim­ing sin­gle per­son’s dis­count on their tax – which re­duces their bill by 25 per cent.

They say they will be us­ing ‘so­phis­ti­cated data-match­ing tech­nol­ogy’ to carry out the checks and cross ref­er­enc­ing ad­dresses.

Coun­cil­lor Paul Bates, cabi­net mem­ber for fi­nance and com­mu­ni­ties, said: “It would be ad­vis­able for in­di­vid­u­als to let us know about changes in their cir­cum­stances, 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.”

Any­one mak­ing a false claim will have their dis­count with­drawn, and peo­ple fail­ing to re­spond to two writ­ten re­quests for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the mat­ter will also have their dis­count with­drawn.

You can in­form the coun­cil of any changes by vis­it­ing the coun­cil tax sec­tion of the au­thor­ity’s web­site or by call­ing 0300 123 5013.

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