Council Tax salesmen alert
Fri 15th November 2013 3.00PM
A series of complaints have been received by the authority about a firm cold calling people in the area, claiming to be able to get their homes re-banded so they pay less Council Tax or even win back a rebate for them.
Residents have reported that the company sometimes implies it is working on behalf of the council and can carry out the checks for a fee of up to 165.
The Governments independent Valuation Office Agency (VOA) already allows people to carry out searches of their Council Tax band for themselves entirely free of charge.
Cheshire East Council Leader Michael Jones said: It is particularly galling that they often infer they are working for the council and that there is a hefty fee for the service. Neither is true. In fact, householders are able to check for themselves and challenge their banding by simply visiting the VOAs website.