Council Tax payers in Hart who receive a 25% reduction on their bill as single occupancy residents will be checked in February 2017 to make sure that the reductions are correct.
The checks form part of the council’s measures to prevent and detect fraud and protect the public purse.
Capita Local Government Services has been appointed to carry out a comprehensive review. They will work with Equifax, the credit reference agency using up-to-the-minute, data-matching technology to identify where people are possibly claiming a discount on their Council Tax payments to which they are not entitled.
The review, involving around 8,000 taxpayers, follows a similar project carried out in 2014/15 which identified around 400 households claiming an incorrect discount.
Single person discount is an entitlement that the council is keen to ensure is claimed by taxpayers who are genuinely entitled, especially in these trying economic times. However, taxpayers who claim the discount improperly place an unnecessary burden on other residents.
Any taxpayers currently receiving a discount which they feel may not be correct are urged to contact 0345 302 2311 or complete our online form.