Council Tax Single Person Discount Review 2019
Council Tax payers in Mendip who receive a 25% reduction on their bill as single occupancy residents will be checked in April 2019 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 Experian, 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.
Consideration may also be given to imposing a penalty of £70 where there has been a failure to notify the council of a change in circumstances. Residents who do not live alone may also be prosecuted and will have to pay back the amount that has been incorrectly awarded.
If you are claiming the discount and do live alone, there's no need to worry. Any taxpayers currently receiving a discount which they feel may not be correct are urged to contact 0300 3038588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the Data Protection Act 2018, we are able to use data held by credit reference agencies to investigate single person discount claims. Your data remains secure and will only be used for the review. Our Privacy Notice explains how we use information about you and how we protect your privacy. This is set out on our privacy page, Revenues Privacy Notice.