Council Tax discount review

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East Lindsey residents claiming Council Tax discounts are being urged to inform the district council if their circumstances have changed.

More than 21,000 households recieve a twenty five per cent Council Tax discount where there is only one adult resident at the property. In the last financial year, this totalled more than £5.6million.

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

Portfolio holder for finance Nick Guyatt 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 that a discount should end.

However, it is a statutory requirement for Council Tax payers to tell us within twenty one 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 Guyatt added: “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.”

Council Tax payers can contact East Lindsey District Council’s Revenues service by ringing 01507 601111 and select Option 4, email local.tax@e-lindsey.gov.uk or call into their local council office. For more information visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk