Bolton Council’s annual review of Council Tax discounts is to be carried out in July.
Local authorities have a duty to collect all Council Tax that is due, and as such, must check that entitlements to discounts such as the 25 per cent single person discount or the 50 per cent empty property discount should continue.
In Bolton there are currently 43,350 residents that are claiming the single person discount and 2,840 owners claiming an empty property discount.
To make the process as quick and easy as possible and to save money by avoiding contacting every claimant, the council cross matches their local claimant data with a national data checking organisation.
This will identify local residents and property owners who may no longer be entitled to a discount; these people will then be contacted.
Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Corporate Resources and Health, Councillor Linda Thomas said: “The council has a legal and social responsibility to ensure that it collects all the Council Tax due to ensure that everyone in Bolton gets value for money.
“Any discount given to residents reduces the revenue we are able to collect; therefore, we need to make sure that only those people due a discount are awarded one.”
Any residents or owners who think they may no longer be entitled to discounted Council Tax should contact the council by Friday, July 22 by telephone, via email or in writing to Council Tax, PO Box 32, Bolton, BL1 IRX.