Single person discount review

If you have received a review letter please reply to the review using the single person's discount review link above.

Reasons for the review

We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise including single person discount and electoral records.

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) - Fair Processing Notice

Each year local authorities nationwide receive a high volume of applications for single person's discount. Some of these applications are not genuine and like benefit fraud these people are falsely claiming reductions in their bills. Legislation exists which allows council tax fraud to be prosecuted in the same way that benefit fraud is - through the court system and fraudsters are made to pay back the money they owe.

Elmbridge Borough Council is continuing to review discounts which will help identify fraudulent claims among council tax payers who are attempting to cheat the system. Checks will be made to ensure claims for the discount are genuine.

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