Council bosses say they have clawed back more than £400,000 from people who were wrongly claiming council tax benefit.

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And Norwich and Broadland officials are hoping to uncover more false claims as they launch their latest crackdown.

Both authorities take part in projects which use data-checking technology to ensure claimants of single resident discount – a 25pc reduction offered to people who live on their own – are not living with more people.

If evidence emerges a wrongful claim is being made, it is cancelled.

In 2011/12 Norwich City Council failed to collect £2.7m in council tax benefit, although in the same period it recovered almost £300,000 from false claims.

Broadland District Council was Norfolk’s best council tax collection performer, missing out on £601,000, or 1pc, in 2011/12.

Its last checks identified 400 households out of 16,000 where people were wrongly claiming a discount. This recouped £120,000.

Checks for 2012/13 in Norwich and Broadland are expected to begin next month.

Paul Carrick, left, a councillor and finance cabinet member at Broadland, said: “People who claim a discount to which they are not entitled place an unfair burden on those residents who pay their full liability.

“The council is now using the most up-to-date technology available to ensure that people do not abuse the system; the fact is it is no longer easy to cheat the system.”

The city council says it has 63,976 properties which have a council tax valuation and 26,766 receive single person discounts.

4 comments

  • 63,976 Properties and Councill Houses no wonder we have a permanent Socialist Administration in Norwich

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • If people were to report people who are on the fiddle it would help keep you taxes down, and that includes people in Marham as well as Kings Lynn.

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    Sweet cheeks

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • Why is it that the benefit is only cancelled? Why aren't these thieves prosecuted for fraud?

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    Tudor Bushe

    Friday, September 21, 2012

  • The country cannot sustain this Benefit culture and fiddling that is widespread in uk,Time the lot was scrapped and these scroungers were made to work for a living!

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    dave123

    Friday, September 21, 2012

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