Council tax checks on way

BOSTON Borough Council is to carry out checks on residents currently receiving a 25 per cent single person discount off their council tax.

The authority says the outcome of these checks may result in letters being issued before the end of the year inviting residents to confirm their circumstances.

The council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers and will use information provided by its residents and applicants for the prevention and detection of fraud. The information will also be shared, where applicable, with other bodies responsible for auditing or administrating public funds for these purposes.

The council will work with an external agency to confirm whether residents live alone and identify cases where there are two or more adults living in a property, and therefore should not be receiving a discount.

The council also wants to encourage anyone who is entitled to a single person discount to get in touch.

If you think you are missing out, or you need to let the council know about changes contact the revenues and benefits team in writing at Boston Borough Council, Revenues and Benefits Department, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR, by phone: 01205 314200 or by email revs@boston.gov.uk.