Single person benefit fraudsters targeted in new crackdown

PEOPLE, who fraudulently claim to be single to get a reduction in council tax, are the subject of a new crackdown.
Basildon Council has launched the drive to snare people who claim the 25 per cent discount by claiming to be living alone, when they are in fact co-habiting with spouses or partners.
Each year councils across the country receive a massive volume of applications for the Single Person Discount, but hundreds later turn out to be fraudulent.
But now Basildon Council is launching a zero-tolerance crackdown on the cheats.

*Full story in Tuesday's Echo
 

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11:06am Mon 15 Oct 12

xxxdave says...

This appaears to be happening in every town these days...
This appaears to be happening in every town these days... xxxdave
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11:19am Mon 15 Oct 12

shallotman says...

Should be an automatic eviction.
Should be an automatic eviction. shallotman
  • Score: 1

11:34am Mon 15 Oct 12

Basildon.lad.21 says...

And even if they are caught its just a slap on the wrist. No wonder why so many people are doing it.
And even if they are caught its just a slap on the wrist. No wonder why so many people are doing it. Basildon.lad.21
  • Score: 3

12:13pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Ian P says...

shallotman wrote:
Should be an automatic eviction.
So just how do you evict someone from a property they own? They are talking about Council Tax here not housing benefit or such like.
[quote][p][bold]shallotman[/bold] wrote: Should be an automatic eviction.[/p][/quote]So just how do you evict someone from a property they own? They are talking about Council Tax here not housing benefit or such like. Ian P
  • Score: 4

3:22pm Mon 15 Oct 12

alimac69 says...

Why are they claiming council tax benefit? Is it because they can't afford it at the exorbitant rate it is or because they think they can get away with it?
Why are they claiming council tax benefit? Is it because they can't afford it at the exorbitant rate it is or because they think they can get away with it? alimac69
  • Score: 1

3:49pm Mon 15 Oct 12

andy:) says...

Good there are some cluless idiots posting on here, it is NOT about council tax benefit, its the discount that single people get (25%), it doesnt add upto a huge amount so could be argued there are better things to investigate.

IF the person is getting council tax benefit then the council pays the whole amount so whether there is a discount or not is then irrelevant.

It could be argued that a single person is using far less council resources than a family of 5 and that the discount should be more than 25% or that large families pay more.
Good there are some cluless idiots posting on here, it is NOT about council tax benefit, its the discount that single people get (25%), it doesnt add upto a huge amount so could be argued there are better things to investigate. IF the person is getting council tax benefit then the council pays the whole amount so whether there is a discount or not is then irrelevant. It could be argued that a single person is using far less council resources than a family of 5 and that the discount should be more than 25% or that large families pay more. andy:)
  • Score: 4

3:54pm Mon 15 Oct 12

Son of Stropmag says...

andy:) wrote:
Good there are some cluless idiots posting on here, it is NOT about council tax benefit, its the discount that single people get (25%), it doesnt add upto a huge amount so could be argued there are better things to investigate.

IF the person is getting council tax benefit then the council pays the whole amount so whether there is a discount or not is then irrelevant.

It could be argued that a single person is using far less council resources than a family of 5 and that the discount should be more than 25% or that large families pay more.
Well put. I can understand how people might misunderstand but there is no excuse now.
[quote][p][bold]andy:)[/bold] wrote: Good there are some cluless idiots posting on here, it is NOT about council tax benefit, its the discount that single people get (25%), it doesnt add upto a huge amount so could be argued there are better things to investigate. IF the person is getting council tax benefit then the council pays the whole amount so whether there is a discount or not is then irrelevant. It could be argued that a single person is using far less council resources than a family of 5 and that the discount should be more than 25% or that large families pay more.[/p][/quote]Well put. I can understand how people might misunderstand but there is no excuse now. Son of Stropmag
  • Score: 2

3:55pm Mon 15 Oct 12

xxxdave says...

Fraud is fraud and there is no getting around it, If the claimant choses to main a false claim for occupants in their property then when caught they get their just deserts..... It is fraud to make a false claim or not amend your claim dertails....
Fraud is fraud and there is no getting around it, If the claimant choses to main a false claim for occupants in their property then when caught they get their just deserts..... It is fraud to make a false claim or not amend your claim dertails.... xxxdave
  • Score: 1

4:20pm Mon 15 Oct 12

xxxdave says...

Sorry eberyone poor spelling....

At least it is not fraud....
Sorry eberyone poor spelling.... At least it is not fraud.... xxxdave
  • Score: 0

8:10pm Mon 15 Oct 12

jolllyboy says...

Good. About time.Now tackle the single parents who are not single. They had great difficulty knowing what to do when the census came round !
Good. About time.Now tackle the single parents who are not single. They had great difficulty knowing what to do when the census came round ! jolllyboy
  • Score: 1

8:49pm Tue 16 Oct 12

JennynneJ says...

xxxdave wrote:
This appaears to be happening in every town these days...
You would know GayDave.
as We all read your cobblers in the following papers...
Harwich and Manningtree Standard,
Echo News,
Essex County Standard,
Basildon Recorder,
Colchester Gazette,
Clacton, Frinton & Walton Gazette,
Harwich & Manningtree Gazette,
Braintree, Witham, Halsted and Maldon Gazette,
East London and West Essex Guardian,
This is Local London,
Brent Wood Weekly News,
Southend Standard,
Maldon and Burnham Standard,
Thurrock Gazette.
[quote][p][bold]xxxdave[/bold] wrote: This appaears to be happening in every town these days...[/p][/quote]You would know GayDave. as We all read your cobblers in the following papers... Harwich and Manningtree Standard, Echo News, Essex County Standard, Basildon Recorder, Colchester Gazette, Clacton, Frinton & Walton Gazette, Harwich & Manningtree Gazette, Braintree, Witham, Halsted and Maldon Gazette, East London and West Essex Guardian, This is Local London, Brent Wood Weekly News, Southend Standard, Maldon and Burnham Standard, Thurrock Gazette. JennynneJ
  • Score: 0

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