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Taxpayer money is protected through campaign

Taxpayer money is protected through campaign

Almost £1.25million extra Council Tax has been collected by Birmingham City Council as part of a campaign to ensure that Single Person Discounts are only claimed by those legitimately entitled to them.

The review, carried out over four stages, has looked at all 160,000 such discounts that were awarded by the council – equivalent to 38 per cent of all households.

During the course of the review over 30,000 discounts were cancelled worth nearly £14million.

Cllr Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "By reviewing our Council Tax database, we are ensuring that the citizens of Birmingham are getting value for money from their local authority.

"In the current economic climate it is essential that every penny we have is spent appropriately, and this programme of action is providing the safeguard that taxpayers are rightfully entitled to.

"We take the issue of incorrect entitlement seriously, however, we will continue to ensure that those entitled to such discounts continue to receive them."

Single Person Discounts will be received on a three-year rolling programme.

Research published today by the Audit Commission has indicated that English councils are losing almost £90million nationally through incorrect claims relating to such discounts.

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621
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  • Reference number: 390-CEO-KK
  • Issue date: 15 September 2009