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Council Tax Checks to Catch Dodgers

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7:02am 19th November 2012

A crack down on council tax dodgers is starting in Cornwall.

Experts are combing through records checking people claiming a discount for living alone actually are.

At the moment almost eighty thousand are claiming the 25% off. That costs County Hall almost £24m a year.

Data from a credit reference area will be used to cross reference information held by the council.

Fiona Ferguson from Cornwall Council said: “Apart from the need to protect the public purse from fraud, this is a simple matter of fairness. It is especially important when people in Cornwall who are paying the correct council tax are struggling as a result of the current economic climate.”

The council insists it is keen that people who are entitled to the discount do claim it, but warns it has a zero tolerance approach to fraudsters.

7:02am 19th November 2012

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