Residents warned to avoid companies offering to help reduce their council tax

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High Peak residents are being warned to steer clear of paying companies offering to help reduce their council tax bill – because they can check their banding themselves for free.

Derbyshire County Council has issued the warning after its trading standards officers saw a rise in complaints from across the county.

Residents have received letters from companies saying their house is in a higher council tax band than it should be – offering to get it reclassified and return a lump sum from the period of over-payment.

Offering the service is not illegal but it is simple for residents to carry out the process themselves without it costing a penny through the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). For more information, contact the VOA on 03000 503 600.