BASSETLAW District Council will be clamping down on residents
who falsely claim a reduction in Council Tax.
There are currently over 15,000 households in Bassetlaw that
claim a 25% single resident discount on their Council Tax. And
while the vast majority of these claims are genuine, The Council
will be carrying out regular checks to find those people who are
trying to cheat the system.
Sylvia May, portfolio holder for Revenues and Benefits said:
“People who abuse the benefits system or, as in this case the
Council Tax discount system, should take note that we will find
“If someone is not declaring what they should, it is the other
tax payers who take on that cost, which is not fair especially in
these difficult times. We appreciate that the vast majority of the
15,000 claims will be genuine and they will not be contacted.
However, if a resident is found to be falsely claiming a discount
they will be expected to pay what they owe and could even be
Checks will be carried out using credit reference agency
records. If these checks reveal strong evidence of another adult
living in a household, yet they have registered for a single
resident discount, the discount will be stopped and action taken in
The single resident discount is based on a declaration signed by
the occupier to say that one adult lives in a dwelling. Residents
aged under 18 do not affect the discount.
If anyone is claiming the single resident discount and wishes to
report a change in their status, they should contact the Council
Tax office on 01909 533234 update their records as soon as
Last Updated - 28/02/2013