The Audit Commission reports that over £200m of Single Person Discounts may be inappropriately awarded nationally and as such impacting upon the already overstretched budgets of LA’s all over the country.
As such Dudley Council, in partnership with Civica are undertaking an evidence based Single Person Discount (SPD) review, using a combination of Council data, third party data sources and specialist validation services.
This is to:
- Establish the discount for genuine claimants efficiently and accurately.
- Eliminate ineligible or erroneous claims and increase revenue for the council
- To ensure fairness for all residents so that those who are paying the correct level of Council Tax are not subsidising their fellow residents who are erroneously claiming the discount.