Council gets help to find fraudsters

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Improvements to how Daventry District Council (DDC) traces council tax absconders and identifies benefit fraudsters are set to be introduced.

An upgrade to the council’s existing computer systems will improve the tracing of absconders who owe council tax and will assist in the drive to crack down on cases of benefit fraud. The cost of the new software will be paid for by a government grant and the proposals were agreed by councillors at a meeting held on Thursday last week.

DDC’s resources portfolio holder Cllr Jo Gilford said: “The Government has provided local authorities with a grant to help with the introduction of localised Council Tax Support Schemes, which has resulted in many residents paying council tax for the first time this year, as well as owners of unoccupied properties. We are going to use the grant to pay for an upgrade to our computer software and systems that will make improvements to our council tax absconder tracing, while also helping us identify people who falsely claim benefits more quickly.

“As the council’s funding is squeezed it’s only fair on all taxpayers that people pay what they should and that less tax is used to identify fraudsters who aren’t paying their fair share.”