Last chance over discount claims

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Are you claiming a council tax discount you are not entitled to?

South Holland District Council is warning householders they could face a hefty council tax arrears bill if they don’t come clean about who is living in their home.

If you receive a discount you think you should not receive, this is your final chance to tell us, before we contact you

Coun Peter Coupland, SHDC portfolio holder for finance

There are approximately 11,500 households in South Holland receiving a 25 per cent council tax discount where there is only one adult resident at the property.

In the last financial year, this totalled more than £3.1million.

The council will shortly be comparing its council tax information with other databases to identify those cases where more than one adult is living at an address and a discount is still being claimed.

Coun Peter Coupland, portfolio holder for finance, said: “We believe most council tax discounts are claimed honestly and legitimately, but we know there are times where a household’s circumstances change and people forget to tell us their eligibility to a discount should end.

“However, it is a statutory requirement for council tax payers to tell us within 21 days if they think they should no longer qualify for a discount.

“If you receive a discount you think you should not receive, this is your final chance to tell us, before we contact you.”

Coun Coupland added: “We are obliged to amend any records we find to be incorrect, back to the date of the change.

“This means that householders do not benefit from withholding information from us and it makes it fair for everyone.

“It could mean some households will find they have a considerable amount of council tax arrears to pay.

“Whilst we are cracking down on the incorrect discounts granted, we are still keen to make sure that everyone gets the discounts they are entitled to. You should contact us if you think you should qualify for any discounts and exemptions.”

Your Council Tax can be reduced if you live on your own, some or all of the people living in your property are not counted as living with you, or your property is not anyone’s main home.

Information telling you of any discount you may have already been given can be found on your bill.

If your circumstances have changed, council tax payers can contact South Holland District Council’s Revenues service by calling 01775 761161 and selecting Option 4, emailing counciltax@sholland.gov.uk or calling into the offices in Priory Road, Spalding.

For more information about the available discounts and exemptions, householders can check the website at www.sholland.gov.uk