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South Staffordshire District Council has been invited to participate in an exercise to protect tax payers and ensure public money is correctly spent.

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) is a biennial data matching exercise run by the Cabinet Office to identify fraudulent and erroneous payments from the public purse.

To make sure you're paying the right level of council tax we're reviewing all of the homes which are claiming a single person discount for living alone where there is more than one person registered on the electoral register.

 

The review should help us identify any households claiming where they shouldn't, targeting those who are committing fraud, and making sure your council tax is going straight to providing services for your families and communities.

 

If you think you might be claiming where you shouldn't, tell us now and we can help you with a repayment plan for any back-dated amounts that you might owe.

 

Please complete this form and return it to taxation@sstaffs.gov.uk.


A trial of this pilot exercise undertaken by the London Borough of Hillingdon identified £1million in savings.

South Staffordshire District Council is required to participate in NFI under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. The authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it, with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

 

For further information, you may find this website helpful; 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fair-processing-national-fraud-initiative/fair-processing-level-3-full-text

 

Contacts

 

Council Tax Enquiries                                Revenues & Benefits                          
Telephone: (01902) 696664 South Staffordshire Council
Fax: (01902) 696630 Wolverhampton Road
Email: taxation@sstaffs.gov.uk Codsall
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