UK Daily Mail
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008
Town hall snoopers are demanding access to people’s bedrooms, it has emerged.
Officials say they need to enter and inspect properties where a council tax discount is claimed.
Seven and a half million people – a large number of them pensioners – are entitled to 25 per cent off their annual bill because they live on their own.
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The Conservatives warned that householders are being pressured into signing a declaration agreeing to an internal inspection of their homes in order to prove they really are single.
One form, produced by Thurrock Council in Essex, reads: ‘To be completed and returned immediately if you wish to continue to claim single person discount…
‘I authorise the Council or its agents to make enquiries to corroborate this claim. I will permit the Council or its agents to inspect the property on request…
‘If you do not do so, we will have to cancel your discount and send you a revised bill for the increased amount.’
This article was posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 3:11 am