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Council issues warning after spate of tax cold callers
TRADING standards officers are warning Knutsford residents to be aware of a company offering to help them get their council tax reduced.
A series of complaints have been received by Cheshire East Council about a company cold calling people in the borough, claiming to be able to get their homes rebanded so they pay less council tax – or even win a rebate for them.
Residents have reported that the company sometimes implies it is working on behalf of Cheshire East Council and can carry out the checks – for a fee of up to £165.
The Government’s independent Valuation Office Agency (VOA) already allows people to carry out searches of their council tax band for themselves – free of charge.
Complaints received by Cheshire East trading standards officers are being forwarded to the Office of Fair Trading’s Scambusters team.
The company behind many of the calls is based in the north west and well known to them.
Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones said: “People are being called at home by these ‘snake oil salesmen’ and offered a service that they can already get for free.
“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. Householders are able to check for themselves and challenge their banding by simply visiting the VOA’s website.”
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