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Financial penalties

You must provide us with accurate information to make sure your council tax records and any benefits claims are up to date.

You must:

  • only claim benefit or discounts you are entitled to
  • promptly provide the council with accurate information
  • promptly tell the council when you have experienced a change in circumstances which might affect your entitlement to a benefit or a discount

Charges for benefits

If you live in Christchurch, East Dorset or North Dorset, there are no financial penalties.

If you live in Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth or Portland, you could be charged:

  • £50 if you don't tell us about a change in your circumstances (or deliberately supply incorrect information) which results in a housing benefit overpayment of more than £65
  • £70 if you fail to tell us about a change in your circumstances (or deliberately supply incorrect information) which results in a council tax support overpayment

Charges for Council Tax

You could be charged

  • £70 if you fail to supply information (or deliberately supply incorrect information) which affects your liability or entitlement to discount or exemption
  • £70 to a resident, owner or managing agent if they do not respond to a written request to supply information which would help the council establish the person liable for the Council Tax. A penalty of £280 can be applied for failure to respond to a second written request for the same information
  • £70 if you fail to tell us about a change in your circumstances (or deliberately supply incorrect information) which results in a Council Tax Support overpayment

Tell us about a change in circumstance

If your circumstances have changed, you need to tell us as quickly as possible.

Tell us about a change in circumstance that might affect your benefits.

Tell us about a change in circumstance that might affect your Council Tax.

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