Date issued: 12 July 2019
Council Tax pays for essential local services. From refuse collection and recycling to housing, from leisure services to museums and parks. Reduced government funding makes it even more essential that the right money is collected. Help available includes Single Person Discount of 25 per cent for those over the age of 18 living at a property on their own. Currently 25,962 people claim this discount across the Borough of Colchester.
The council has started a campaign to identify those who need to correct their claims. Some residents have not claimed the discount and are being encouraged by the council to claim it. Other residents now have a family, or are living with other adults, and they should no longer claim.
As part of this work, the council is reviewing existing claims to identify where a second person, over the age of 18, may be living in the property. Where we find evidence of a second person being present, we will be writing out to these residents requesting clarification of the household or for further information.
If a resident is currently living alone, they can apply for a Single Person Discount online at www.colchester.gov.uk/counciltax.
Cllr David King, Colchester Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business and Resources, said: “In busy lives and with changing circumstances, families separating or coming together, loss or love can mean residents forget to keep up to date. I urge those who can apply for the discount to do so, and for those who should pay the full rate to also do so.
“Discounts support thousands of residents who live on their own. But, we know circumstances change and, if so, we ask they let us know and reply as quickly as possible, so we can verify the discount.”
If you feel this discount applies to your circumstances, find out more at www.colchester.gov.uk/council-tax.