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Changes? Tell us now

Approximately 9000 households are being urged to tell the council if they are claiming council tax discounts they are not entitled to.

Boston Borough Council gives a 25 per cent council tax discount where there is only one adult declared resident at the property. In the last financial year, this totalled over £2m.

The council is currently comparing its council tax information with other databases to identify cases where more than one adult is living at an address and a discount is still being claimed.

Cllr Aaron Spencer, Portfolio holder for Finance said: "We believe most council tax discounts are claimed honestly and legitimately, but we know there are times where a household's circumstances change and people forget to tell us that their eligibility to a discount should end. 

"However, it is a statutory requirement for council taxpayers to tell us within 21 days if they think they should no longer qualify for a discount.

"If you receive a discount you think you should no longer receive, this is your final chance to tell us, before we contact you".

Cllr Spencer added: "We are obliged to amend any records we find to be incorrect, back to the date of the change. This means that householders do not benefit from withholding information from us, and it makes the system fairer for everyone. It could mean some households will find they have a considerable amount of council tax arrears to pay. Where information is not provided or is inaccurate the council will apply a £70 penalty.

"While we are cracking down on any incorrect discounts granted, we are still keen to make sure that everyone gets the discounts they are entitled to. You should also contact us if you think you qualify for any discounts and exemptions."

For more information about the Single Person Discount Review, please go to: .

Council tax payers can contact Boston's revenues and benefits service by telephoning 01205 314202, e-mail  revenues@boston.gov.uk or call into their local council office. For more information about the available discounts and exemptions, householders can also find more information here.