Liverpool City Council will be carrying out a review of households that receive a 25% single-person discount to make sure that everyone is paying the correct amount of Council Tax.
There are currently 92,000 households that receive the discount. Usually, it is given to households where there is only one adult over the age of 18, but in some circumstances, there can be more.
Letters will be sent to residents to let them know how to cancel their single-person discount before 31 December 2023, if there has been a change of circumstances.
After this date, a company will be carrying out the review on behalf of the Council and they will use several sources to find out how many adults live in a property. It will be removed and backdated if they determine the single-person discount is wrong.
If there have been no changes to a household, people do not need to respond to the letter, or take any other action.
A full list of discounts and exemptions can be found at https://liverpool.gov.uk/council-tax/discounts-and-exemptions/single-person-discount/
Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, Cllr Ruth Bennett, said, “It is really important that our records are up-to-date so we are billing households correctly and receiving the correct amount of Council Tax.
“We are writing to people now to give them a chance to tell us before we start the review, as we do appreciate that telling the Council may not have been top of their list of priorities and may have been overlooked.
“This is all part of our improvement journey, making sure we are doing all we can to bring in the amount of Council Tax we are owed, which helps pay for vital services.”