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Static caravan owners 'dodging council tax'

A growing number of people are using caravans as their permanent place of residence
A growing number of people are using caravans as their permanent place of residence
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Static caravan owners often use their holiday home for weekends or extended breaks away from the pressures of life, but some are overstaying their welcome, it has been reported.

Critics have spoken out against the growing number of people using caravans as their permanent place of residence, claiming they are taking what they can from the local area without contributing.

This is because caravans are currently not subject to council tax and owners are able to stay in them for around three-quarters of the year without breaking the rules.

BBC News recently reported that Conwy councillor Bob Squire is among those speaking out on the issue, after a number of site operators began pushing for 12-month occupancy.

He told BBC Radio Wales' Eye on Wales programme that a number of caravan park residents had applied for bus passes, despite supposedly being on holiday.

"We also found that there were people claiming housing benefit, there were people on Jobseeker's Allowance," Mr Squire explained.

A number of caravan park residents had even been added to the local electoral register, the councillor revealed.

Meanwhile, the Sentinel recently reported that a Staffordshire school is planning to create a unique learning area inside a caravan.

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