New rolling review will catch council tax cheats

North Lincolnshire Council is introducing a rolling review of council tax discounts to catch those who are trying to cheat the system.

A 25 per cent council tax discount is awarded to households where there is only one adult living at the property. In the last financial year, approximately 24,000 households in North Lincolnshire were awarded a single person discount.

The majority of those who claim single person discount are fully entitled to the 25 per cent reduction. However, nationally, fraudulently claimed council tax discounts cost the taxpayer an estimated £133m a year. This is money that could be spent on other services in local communities.

The review will compare council tax information with other databases to identify households where more than one adult may be living at an address but a discount is still being applied. Anyone who is found to be fraudulently claiming single person discount faces the possibility of a fine and legal action.