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November crackdown on single people

November 5, 2018 1:36 PM

Wiltshire Council collects Council Tax (CT) from 218,000 households. 50,000 people live alone, so they get a discount of 25% on their council tax.

Because Wiltshire Conservatives keep putting up your CT, the value of the discount also goes up and is in the region of £400 for most people.

The lower CT is an acknowledgement by the government that single people use fewer resources than families so it's only fair for them to pay less. However your WC doesn't see it like that, describing the reduction as an 'award'. "The total value of discounts awarded to single occupiers in the current financial year is in excess of £24 million," says WC.

Checks have taken place in the past to make sure no-one was fiddling the system by pretending to live alone. Now those checks are going to be expanded, and your WC has employed a third party organisation at a cost of £30,000 to review entitlement to single person discounts. The work takes place this month.

Anyone whose single status is in any doubt will be 'asked' to return a new claim form. If no satisfactory response is received, their CT level will be hiked up to 100%.