The code of practice on obtaining information in relation to The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Detection of Fraud and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2013, introduced powers for authorised local authority officers to obtain information from listed organisations about their customers, in order to combat fraud against East Devon District Council.

Council Tax Support fraud is a significant cost to the taxpayer.

Fraud, due to people not telling us of changes in their circumstances, forms a considerable part of the overall level of fraud identified. Obtaining information is necessary if we are to ensure that taxpayers’ money goes to those for whom it is intended.

Our powers to obtain information are not aimed to place additional burdens on businesses, but to reduce the overall burden on society. Everyone therefore has an interest in providing information to us so that we can combat fraud.