Benefit fraud checks begin on tax payers in Burnham-On-Sea area
in the Burnham-On-Sea area have this week been warned to ensure
they are not incorrectly claiming council tax benefits as a clampdown
on fraud begins.
Sedgemoor, there are approximately 16,000 single people who claim
a discount on their council tax bills - and Sedgemoor District
Council is about to begin checks on whether they are all eligible.
councils in Somerset are to run checks to make sure that people
claiming a single persons discount on their council tax
bill are claiming legitimately.
District Council will be checking by cross-referencing with other
sources of information about their household by using sophisticated
data matching technology. The methods used will not infringe on
any data protection issues," a council spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
a 25% discount, ranging from a minimum of £194.43 a year
and up to a maximum of £747.35, is given to anyone who claims
to be living in a property on their own. If the checks indicate
that another adult is living at the address, the discount will
who are genuinely claiming the discount have nothing to worry
about, but anyone found to be deliberately misleading the council
could face a fine and legal action."
National Fraud Authority estimates fraudulent single person discounts
cost councils and taxpayers across the UK a total of £92m