Fraud Prevention | Council Tax Single Person Discount | Synectics


The provision of a council tax discount for one adult living in a property with no other adults, known as single person discount, is constantly under threat and viewed as a target for fraudsters.   

Local authorities are responsible for the provision of this, alongside an extensive range of of other essential public services to citizens.

Often delivered through complex and wide-reaching systems, these can be seen as targets for fraudsters, undermining our fairer society by depriving those with a genuine entitlement to these services.

To help local authorities identify incorrectly awarded single person discounts they need to have access to an accurate and comprehensive view of the household of those in receipt of single person discounts. 


Cabinet Office

The Annual Fraud Indicator 2017 estimates fraudulent single person discounts cost councils and taxpayers £60 million a year.  

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The NFI premium council tax single person checking service, is available from the Cabinet Office, through the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) ReCheck product and combines data matching and screening to give a comprehensive view of the household composition of individuals claiming the discount. 

The National Fraud Initiative has partnered with a leading credit referencing bureau to deliver this premium service. It combines public and private sector data to provide a more complete data footprint of a household composition. This allows for the prompt identification of incorrectly claimed council tax single persons discounts. The service provides:

  • Current residency conformation
  • Verification of the legitimate claim of an individual living in a property with no other adults that can be disregarded
  • Provision of additional insight relating to other individuals who may be living at the address who may not have been disclosed

Online access to matches

The ReCheck premium council tax single person discount service enables local authorities to match data in a secure environment. In 2017, there were 3.9 million people living alone, aged 16 to 64. However, cohabiting couple family units are growing the fastest. So being able to determine the eligibility of a single person discount is more critical than ever.


Proactive Fraud Prevention

The ReCheck premium council tax single person discount service enables local authorities to match data in a secure environment. In 2017, there were 3.9 million people living alone, aged 16 to 64. However, cohabiting couple family units are growing the fastest. So being able to determine the eligibility of a single person discount is more critical than ever.

Intelligence includes:

Confirmation of others residing at address from financial information.

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Suspected relationship with claimant. 

Number of live financial accounts at the address.

Confirmed credit referencing searches being made against an individual at claimant.

Length of time data has been collected on the individual.

Easy To Use Intelligence And Insight

The premium service provides a dashboard view of the data sent for matching in terms of the quality of the data and the level of matching achieved.

Each match or referral is clearly risk scored based on a number of criteria or risk thresholds derived from the NFI and credit referencing data. The premium SPD summary dashboard enables easy selection of referrals to review.

Between April 2016 and March 2018 the NFI has helped stop over 30,343 incorrect claims for council tax single person discount.

To find out how much our Premium Council Tax Single Person Discount Service can benefit your organisation, contact us by emailing:

[email protected]

Further information is also available from this website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-fraud-initiative

 

For a full list of fees associated with the National Fraud Initiative please see the below website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-fraud-initiative-fees-for-public-sector

 

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