Council gets £100,000 back from people claiming discount
South Kesteven District Council has reclaimed £100,000 of public money from people who have continued to receive single person discount - either claiming it in error or fraudulently when they are not entitled.
Following a campaign last year by the Lincolnshire Counter Fraud Partnership to encourage people to come forward if their circumstances had changed, a review was carried out of more than 100,000 households to see if people claiming the 25 per cent single person discount were genuinely living on their own.
Across Lincolnshire, £615,000 has been reclaimed. There were also 2,229 discounts taken away and individuals have had to pay back any discount that they were not entitled to.
Enforcement action has been taken against 610 people as they have either failed to respond or have provided mis-leading information.
Pete Moore, the county council’s executive director of finance said: “We do investigate and take appropriate action against people claiming council tax discount and exemptions that they are not entitled to. Every pound lost this way increases national and local taxation levels and also threatens services.”