Alert over council tax cut offer

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A warning has gone out about cold callers who claim to be able to help people cut their council tax.

Lancashire County Council Trading Standards said people have reported receiving unsolicited telephone calls from a business offering to investigate if their property’s council tax banding should be lowered, in return for a percentage of any potential refund.

While this practice is legal, Trading Standards are alerting people they can check their banding themselves at no cost.

Other companies offering a similar service may also charge an upfront fee.

County Councillor Albert Atkinson, deputy leader of the county council, said: “Lancashire residents should be aware that appealing to the Valuation Office Agency against their council tax banding is something that they can do themselves free of charge.

Anyone who has questions about their council tax banding can find out more on the Direct.Gov website www.direct.gov.uk and the Valuation Office Agency website www.voa.gov.uk/corporate/index.html