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Rutland County Council is carrying out a review of its 25 per cent single person discount




Taxpayers who receive a single person discount on their bill are being asked to confirm their personal circumstances.

Rutland County Council’s annual tax review is under way to make sure anyone claiming the 25 per cent discount is still eligible.

Adults can claim the single person discount if they are the sole occupant of the property they live in.

Rutland County Council's Catmose offices in Oakham. Photo: Alan Walters.
Rutland County Council's Catmose offices in Oakham. Photo: Alan Walters.

Councils review the discount every year to keep records up-to-date, as well as reminding anyone who may not have reported a change in circumstances that would make them ineligible.

The council is sending letters to everyone who currently receives the discount, and requires a reply from everyone, even if their circumstances have not changed during the last 12 months.

Anyone who does not respond may have their discount withdrawn while checks are carried out.

Councillor Karen Payne (Con), who is responsible for finance, said: “The single person discount allows us to support people who are living alone and make sure they’re not overburdened by council tax commitments.

“Circumstances often change over time and, when they do, we need people to let us know if they become ineligible. This is so we’re collecting the right amount of council tax. Without that we cannot fund important local services, like social care for adults and children.”

Residents can respond by text message, post or via the council website.



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