SOUTHWARK PROBE COUNCIL TAX DISCOUNTS / HELP KEEP WAITING LIST UPDATED – MAKE SURE YOU RE-REGISTER
SOUTHWARK PROBE COUNCIL TAX DISCOUNTS
Southwark council are reviewing discounts awarded to single occupants of homes in the borough.
The check, carried out routinely by councils across the country, is part of an anti-fraud initiative to ensure residents are paying the correct level of council tax.
A selection of households currently claiming a 25 per cent council tax discount are being checked using the latest data matching technology and working with credit reference agencies.
Residents are encouraged to contact the council if their circumstances have changed to avoid a penalty of £70. Residents who fail to may face prosecution and will be required to pay back the amount that has been incorrectly claimed.
Southwark’s cabinet member for finance, modernisation and performance Cllr Fiona Colley said: “It’s really important that residents speak to us about any change in circumstances to avoid potential penalties.
“We need the right level of council tax to be able to pay for vital services that benefits all residents but unfortunately, there is a small number of people who are purposefully defrauding the council which is why this review is so important.”
Anyone who believes that they may no longer be entitled to a council tax discount should contact Southwark council on 020 7525 1850 or [email protected]
For help and support with money management please visit www.southwark.gov.uk and search ‘debt and money advice’. (Source: Southwark council press release)
HELP KEEP WAITING LIST UPDATED – MAKE SURE YOU RE-REGISTER
To help ensure their housing waiting list is kept up-to-date, Southwark council are calling on applicants to complete their re-registration form as soon as possible.
It takes just a few moments to complete, but if you don’t re-register you could find that your application will be terminated.
The form was posted to all applicants in August. The council are well on their way to making sure that the housing register accurately reflects the level of housing demand in Southwark, as well as the need of individual customers.
If any of the details on the form are inaccurate or incomplete applicants will need to fill in a change of circumstances form located on the council’s website.
Councillor Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for housing, said: “Thank you to everyone who has completed their re-registration. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet filled in the form to do so as soon as they are able to do so.
“If you need any help with this, please let us know. It’s really important that the housing register is a true reflection of the present housing need in the borough.” (Source: Southwark council press release)