East Sussex amnesty for false council tax relief

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A two-week amnesty for people who have wrongly claimed a single person discount on their council tax is being planned for East Sussex.

A review of 83,000 taxpayers across East Sussex will begin in September and last for four years.

The amnesty will begin on 23 August, giving people the opportunity to come forward without a penalty before the review begins.

The discount entitles claimants to a 25% reduction on their council tax.

The review is a joint effort between East Sussex County Council, Hastings Borough Council, Lewes District Council, Wealden District Council, Rother District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council.

Jeremy Birch, the leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: "The vast majority of claimants are fully entitled to the 25% discount, however, there are some who are not.

"The amnesty will give those people the chance to come forward without sanction and we would encourage anyone who may be wrongly claiming to declare themselves straight away to avoid a potential fine."

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