Crackdown as city council checks if tax discounts are genuine
Checks are being carried on people claiming a 25 per cent council tax discount in Lincoln - to see if all the payments are genuine.
Households across the city which are currently receiving a single person's discount are being checked for their authenticity.
The move is part of City of Lincoln Council's ongoing review - in a bid to root out and identify fraudulent claims and others paid out in error.
Worth around £250 a year, the discounts are given out to residents who live in a property on their own.
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With 16,060 people in Lincoln currently getting the discount, they are all being checked to confirm that they are definitely living aloe.
It is being done by cross-referencing with other sources of information about their households - including the electoral roll registers and financial sector information.
The review process will be carried out between September and November.
Anyone failing to respond to requests for further information in relation to their claim will have it withdrawn.
Martin Walmsley is head of shared revenues and benefits for both City of Lincoln and North Kesteven district councils.
"We will be carrying out this review to ensure only people who are entitled to the discount are claiming it," he said,.
"And we will make those who may have had a change in their household circumstances aware that they need to let us know this.
"The longer people leave telling us this information, the larger their backdated bill will be. So it makes sense to tell us as soon as possible.
"Even if you were living alone when you received your bill for the year, if another adult is living with you now, we will need to re-calculate the amount you need to pay."
People who are genuinely claiming the discount have nothing to worry about.
But anyone found to be deliberately misleading the authority could face a fine of up to £70.