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Council Tax single person reduction

On 25 Oct 2014 at 10:17pm JAMes wrote:
I have received a letter saying the Council is checking on people claiming the single occupant discount on Council
Tax. Has anyone else received this letter?
On 25 Oct 2014 at 10:50pm Govnor wrote:
We got one at the prison
On 25 Oct 2014 at 11:14pm Border Control wrote:
I've lived in loads of different places and never ever received one before, but living in Lewes, since 5 years, I've received 3 !!! Obviously a very distrusting council.
On 26 Oct 2014 at 2:54pm Fairmeadow wrote:
Somehow people do forget to mention it to the council when someone else moves in.
Very odd system anyway. At one end studios are valued on the basis that they are too small to accommodate more than one person, and then the charge further reduced by 25% for no obvious reason. At the other end the discount encourages ongoing under-occupation of family homes by the elderly, when it would be more in the public interest for them to downsize.
We have far too many older people under-occupying family houses, and too many younger families living in cramped conditions in houses that are too small for them. Surely the system should be rigged to encouraage exchanges, rather than the status quo?
On 26 Oct 2014 at 5:17pm Nat Stats wrote:
apparently, 8.7 m (19% or 1/5th of the population live alone on the UK now, a doubling in the past 40 years.
It's quite a trend !

Check it out here »

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