While we are aware that most residents are claiming the discount appropriately, there are a minority who are attempting to defraud the system.
These residents may not have reported a change in their circumstances and are receiving the discount when they are no longer entitled to it. The single person discount review is a scheme used to detect those who are claiming a discount that they are no longer eligible for.
The council is dedicated to protecting the public purse and detecting fraud. We take council tax fraud very seriously and are proactive in confirming all entitlements to discounts.
Checks will be made to ensure everyone who claims the discount is genuine. Occasionally, however, circumstances may not be so easy to explain. To help in these situations we have included the most frequently asked questions that can arise throughout this review period below.