A phone call that promises to lower your Council Tax banding for a fee of up £120 may sound like a great offer, but you can find out if your band can be lowered for free.
Sedgemoor District Council is warning residents to be aware of Council Tax scammers who may offer you deals to reduce monthly payments or reduce your banding. SDC has taken calls from worried residents, so are warning everyone not to be duped.
One current scam that has been bought to the district council’s attention is from a company claiming to be called ‘All Claim Solutions’ who say they are calling on behalf of the Valuation Office or Sedgemoor District Council and ask for £120 to lower your Council Tax banding. Please note this is not a phone call from Sedgemoor District Council or the Valuation Office, despite their phone number being very similar to that of SDC. Council Tax bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency and can only be changed under certain conditions. Details can be found at www.gov.uk/council-tax-appeals. You will not be charged for the service.
If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax bill and need help, speak with a member of the Council Tax Team on who will be able to offer help and advice on 0300 303 7801.
If you have given over personal details, we would advise you to call the Police straight away on 101 and report the matter as an identity theft scam. The Police will also direct you to the Action Fraud helpline on 0300 123 2040.
|Avon and Somerset Police is marking Stop Adult Abuse Week with the launch of a scheme to protect elderly and vulnerable residents in the region.
The Nominated Neighbour scheme, which has already been used successfully in some areas of the region and is now being rolled out across the Avon and Somerset policing area to help protect elderly and vulnerable residents within the from bogus callers.
The scheme works by a vulnerable resident identifying a trusted neighbour or friend to act as a ‘Nominated Neighbour’. Any ‘Unknown Callers’ at the vulnerable neighbour’s door will be directed to their ‘Nominated Neighbour’ so that their credentials and identification can be checked and verified.
Once the ‘Nominated Neighbour’ is happy with the caller’s identity they will accompany them to their neighbour’s house and stay until they have finalised their business and the caller leaves.
Inspector Julie Knight, Local Policing Directorate, Avon and Somerset Police said: “This year’s Stop Adult Abuse Week is all about prevention. We already know that social isolation and loneliness increases vulnerability to crime. This is a particular issue for the more elderly members of our communities, with over 85’s estimated to spend an average of 90% of their time in the home.
“Our neighbourhood teams have strong community connections and we will work with partners to help deliver the right support to the right people. But, we are aware that some people don’t feel comfortable asking for help so we are urging people to reach out to elderly and vulnerable people in their communities and ask if they would like to sign up to this scheme and offer to be their ‘nominated neighbour’. The Nominated Neighbour scheme provides a great way of letting older people in your community know you are looking out for them, helping them to feel safe”
Why it’s important:
· Older people can be more vulnerable to scams, cons and fraud; doorstep crime, distraction burglary, online/mail/telephone scams
The blue netting at the children’s play area at Sharpham Road, which had been left in a corner of the play area having been taken down by unknown person/s, has now gone missing.
If you know of its whereabouts, please return it for the safety of the children of Cheddar to the Pavilion or to the parish council offices in Church Street.
The netting was there to prevent stray cricket balls from coming into the play area and the parish council would very much like to see it returned or be made aware of its whereabouts. We would be grateful of any assistance that parishioners can give.