Woking Borough Council
Civic OfficesGloucester SquareWokingSurreyGU21 6YL
Telephone: 01483 755855
03 September 2013
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During September 2013, Woking Borough Council will review its Council Tax discounts. Capita Local Government Services has been appointed, as part of an initiative being carried out by Surrey's boroughs and districts and Surrey County Council, to review the records of those claiming a single person discount.
In Woking more than 12,000 taxpayers living alone claim a 25% reduction on their Council Tax. Research has shown that nationally up to 5% of single person discount claims are fraudulent or not valid.
Capita Local Government Services will be writing to relevant households to verify the correct discount has been claimed. Data from the electoral role and credit applications will be used as part of the checks and some claimants may also receive a follow-up telephone call. Anyone failing to respond will have their discount cancelled.
If there are cases where discounts have been claimed fraudulently or a change of circumstance has not been notified to the Council, further action may be taken.
Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: "The Council has a legal and social responsibility to ensure it collects all Council Tax that is due. Any discount given to residents reduces the revenue we are able to collect, so we need to ensure that only those people entitled to a discount are awarded one."
Any resident who thinks they may no longer be entitled to a Council Tax discount, or who thinks they should receive a discount, should contact the Council Tax Team on 01483 755855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org