Tax Rebates & Refunds

Cheshire council cracks down on council tax fraud

October 31, 2012
Posted in Fraud — Written by Geoffrey

A council in Cheshire is launching a brand new campaign to crack down on people committing council tax fraud.

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s new campaign is focused on people who unlawfully claim a single-person discount, which is designed for people who live on their own in a property.

Every year, councils receive thousands of applications for the Sole Occupier discount, but some of these applications are not genuine. Some people also put in applications to claim council tax rebates based on the Sole Occupier discount when they don’t live alone, and these claims are equally unlawful and dishonest.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is now attempting to sort out dishonest applications from those from people who simply forgot to provide the local authority with updated information. These cases, which are still classed as fraud, are deemed to be unintentional and the mistake will soon be corrected.

However, for those who intentionally claim council tax rebates when they aren’t owed any money, the council will soon be launching a crackdown. Councillor Les Ford, who is the executive member for resources for the Cheshire West and Chester Council, said:

“We value our residents and understand that you expect value for money in the service we provide. We are doing all we can to stamp out this type of fraud in our borough.”

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