Two week amnesty for incorrect council tax details to be updated

Telford & Wrekin Council is urging residents who claim single person discount on their council tax bill to update their records if their circumstances have changed.

Two week amnesty for incorrect council tax details to be updated

Each year we undertake a review of single person discount claimants to ensure each applicant is entitled to a 25 per cent reduction in their council tax, and we alert those who are not entitled to it.

This year we are offering a short amnesty until Friday 4 June 2021, with claimants being encouraged to tell the council about changes that may mean they are no longer eligible to claim as a single person (cancelling their 25 per cent discount) without any further repercussions.

Changes in circumstances might include:

  • A new partner has moved in
  • You share you home with a tenant, housemate, lodger or any other adult
  • A child aged over 18 has left full time education or returned home to live with you
  • There has been a change to the income of people living in the household

The council will be looking to take further action against residents who are no longer entitled to receive single person discount and fail to declare any personal changes by the end of the amnesty period (4 June 2021). This may include backdating the cancellation of the discount as far as evidence will allow and, in certain cases, an additional penalty of £70 on the claimant’s council tax bill.

Cllr Rae Evans, Cabinet Member for Council Finance and Governance said: 

“We recognise that the majority of households claiming this discount on their council tax are eligible to do so and would encourage those who are eligible and haven’t already let us know to do so. However, if you are getting a single person discount and are not entitled to it, you need to let us know – simply update your records straight away and you’ll avoid facing any action. Please act now and let the council know of any change in your circumstances before Friday 4 June 2021.” 

Correct your records online: Need further assistance? Email with the subject “SPD Amnesty” to or speak to an advisor by calling 01952 383838.