In message <[log in to unmask]>, at 14:12:22 on
Mon, 2 Aug 2004, Brenda Scourfield
<[log in to unmask]> writes
>Following on from my last post, and having contacted the IR, I have been
>told that they want to know if a person is receiving single person
>discount and if not, who is living with them. As I stated before, they are
>quoting the Tax Credit Act 2002 Schedule 5 as an exemption. My initial
>reaction is to say no, as the Council Tax data could be inaccurate. Some
>one could be claiming single person discount, have someone living with
>them, but not have been found out yet. Council Tax had have a considerable
>number of these requests.
Schedule 5 says that you have to: "supply [housing benefit or council
tax] benefit administration information held by the authority".
Why not reply saying that the person they are enquiring about has not
applied for nor received housing benefit or council tax benefit
(assuming that's true). Or if they have, then you seem to be obliged to
disclose details of their application for those benefits, where Q1 is
"Do you have a partner who normally lives with you" (and so on).
This is surely nothing to do with Single Person Discounts.
Schedule 5 goes on to say: "for any purpose relating to tax credits,
child benefit or guardian's allowance", and I'm not entirely sure to
what extent whether someone is single affects those IR-administered
Conversely, if the person is fraudulently claiming either the HB/CTB or
the discount by misrepresenting their single-ness, what business is that
of the IR? (Apparently none under Sch 5). It's a matter for the council.
Or am I missing something obvious? Are the IR going to claim that
because the *council* might try to correlate a claim for SPD with a
claim for HB/CTB, that the former is therefore "information which is
relevant to the exercise of any function relating to housing benefit or
council tax benefit by the authority or other person." ??
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