Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Wokingham Council accused of spying on widow

An angry widow of more than 35 years has accused council bosses of spying on her after being told she is no longer entitled to a single occupancy council tax discount.

Janet Cook claims officers at Wokingham Borough Council have been snooping through the rubbish bins at her Finchampstead home after the authority wrote to the 74-year-old saying the discounted rate she pays on the four-bedroom property would no longer be available to her as it understood there is more than one person living in the house.

She still receives mail addressed to her late husband, but throws it away once it has been read, prompting her to believe council workers may have been through her bins.

My comments: Bin diving is practised by many councils. The trouble is that they don't have the brains to interpret that data correctly and therein lies the danger.

Read the full story from the source Get Wokingham

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