Council tax discount for single people currently under review


Single person council tax discount is currently under review in the area.

Boston Borough Council, together with local government support service Northgate, is reviewing the single person discount to ensure only those who qualify are receiving it.

Currently there are 8,735 single person discount claimants in Boston borough, who receive a total discount of £2,407,928.

Generally, the full council tax bill assumes that two adults live in a property. If only one adult lives there (as their main home), the council tax bill will be reduced by the 25 per cent Single Person Discount, although some adults are disregarded for council tax.

Some residents may receive a letter in connection with this project. 
The pre-paid return envelope will have a Twickenham address used by 

Coun Aaron Spencer, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for finance, said: “This is about fairness as much as it is about austerity. It is only fair that all pay their appropriate dues as prescribed by the laws of the land and that some should not slip through the net when others in the same position are fully meeting their obligations.

“It’s also about councils collecting in all the cash due to them in order to run the services the public expect, want and demand 
despite the financial pressures and cuts in funding at this time.

“If someone genuinely qualifies for the single person discount they will receive it. If they don’t – well, we are not asking them to contribute any more than they are legally obliged to.”