South Oxfordshire District Council are urging anyone who is currently claiming a 25 per cent single person discount on their council tax to get in touch if they now have others living with them.
The councils are carrying out checks to ensure that only those entitled to the discount are receiving it, and to help in their efforts to prevent and detect fraud and protect the public purse.
The review will see the councils working with credit reference agencies to check people’s eligibility for the discount and ensure that all records are up to date. This may also involve writing out to taxpayers for further clarification.
Anyone who thinks they may no longer be entitled, or anyone who thinks they are eligible but not currently claiming their discount, should get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0345 302 2313
Cllr Jane Murphy, Deputy Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Single person discount is available to people over the age of 18 who are living on their own. When someone falsely claims this discount, or fails to inform us when their circumstances change, it costs the public purse significant amounts; money which could be spent on supporting vital services.”