BEXLEY: Hundreds have council tax discount withdrawn after checks

IN A bid to bring in more cash, Bexley Council has begun checking whether people claiming council benefits are still entitled to them.

It has already boosted its income by nearly £500,000 by checking on people claiming the single person discount on its council tax.

People aged over 18 who live alone can get their council tax reduced by a quarter through the discount, and one in three Bexley households were claiming it.

The 21,000 records checked so far revealed 1,199 households who no longer qualified for the discount and will now have to pay the full amount.

It is estimated there could be another 1,200 households who will also have the discount withdrawn.

Cabinet member for finance and corporate services, Councillor Colin Campbell said: “We are determined to ensure proper use is made of public money.”

Anyone with queries about council tax and housing benefit should call 0345 302 2317.

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11:01pm Tue 20 Jul 10

Lady Boy Erastusia says...

My word for the day is fraud.

But guess what - 2000 fraudsters in the Borough will escape jail.

It would be too costly - but lets think about naming and shaming.

The medieval period in ye time of Robin Hood such people would be in stocks. We could have proper entertainment in Crayford Town Square.

Don't forget, I feed on your comments. It helps my head grow.
My word for the day is fraud. But guess what - 2000 fraudsters in the Borough will escape jail. It would be too costly - but lets think about naming and shaming. The medieval period in ye time of Robin Hood such people would be in stocks. We could have proper entertainment in Crayford Town Square. Don't forget, I feed on your comments. It helps my head grow. Lady Boy Erastusia
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11:49pm Tue 20 Jul 10

noseybugger says...

why in a bid to save money have they started interfering with peoples lives what business is it of the people we employ to run our councils to actually start doing what they are paid for , for heavens sake whats the world coming to and just to save silly tax payers money it obviously hasnt been to important up till now ?
why in a bid to save money have they started interfering with peoples lives what business is it of the people we employ to run our councils to actually start doing what they are paid for , for heavens sake whats the world coming to and just to save silly tax payers money it obviously hasnt been to important up till now ? noseybugger
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