It is estimated that Councils across Essex are losing £10 million or more through Council tax fraud or error.
The figure is being revealed as local authorities across the county embark on a new partnership to try to tackle the issue.
Essex County Council is supporting district, borough and city councils in a ground breaking approach to this major problem through a new pan-Essex campaign urging people to check they are paying the right amount, before new cutting edge data-checking software comes into force.
The biggest area of abuse is thought to be Single Person Discount, with recipients able to claim a 25% discount on their bill.
Now, in a crackdown on fraudulent claims, councils across Essex have invested in developing a new software system allowing them to share data, highlighting potential errors and fraud.
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