Carer / Disabled Reductions

There are a number of care / disabled reductions for Council Tax that you may be entitled to:

  • You or a member of your household fall into one of the following categories and only one other person is resident:
    • Severely mentally impaired;
    • Certain carers;
    • Hospital patients;
    • People in residential care homes, nursing homes and hostels providing a high amount of care;
    • Detained under the Mental Health Act.
  • Everyone in the property is severely mentally impaired
  • Your home is empty because:
    • You are living in a care / residential home;
    • You are living elsewhere and receiving personal care;
    • You are living elsewhere for the purposes of providing personal care;
    • You are detained under the Mental Health Act.
  • You or someone who lives with you has a disability and needs extra space to meet their special needs.

The following pages provide further information on these reductions, however should you require any additional information please contact a member of the Council Tax Section.

Severely Mentally Impaired

Criteria

For a person to be classed as severely impaired, for Council Tax purposes, their medical condition would need to be confirmed by a doctor and they would need to be in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits.

The qualifying benefits are:

  • Invalidity Benefit
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Unemployment Supplement
  • Disability Working Allowance
  • Higher of middle rate care component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit under Section 30A of the Social Security (Contributions and Benefits) Act 1992
  • Incapacity Benefit under Sections 40 and 41 of the Social Security (Contributions and Benefits) Act 1992
  • Increased Disablement pension for constant attendance.

Requirements

To apply for a discount or exemption on this basis you would need to provide the following:

  • Written confirmation of:
    • the number of adults resident in the property;
    • the name of the person who is believed to be severely mentally impaired.
  • Proof of any qualifying benefits, which they receive. This can either be a copy of their payment book or an official letter – it must show the person’s name, the type of benefit, the date it was awarded and the amount.

We will need to write to the doctor to confirm the medical conditions.

Carer Discounts

Criteria

To be classified as a carer for Council Tax purposes you will need to fall into one of the following categories:

Category 1

A person who:

  • provides care or support on behalf of the Local Authority, the Crown or a charity, or they are employed by the person they care for and were introduced by one of these, and,
  • are caring for at least 24 hours a week, and,
  • live at the home where they provide the care, or at one provided by the local authority, the Crown, the charity or the person being cared for.

Category 2

A person who:

  • is resident in the same property as the person they are providing care for, and,
  • provides at least 35 hours of care each week, and,
  • the person whom they are caring for is receiving one of the following:
    • Higher rate of Attendance Allowance;
    • Higher rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance;
    • An increase in their Disablement Pension;
    • An increase in Constant Attendance Allowance.
  • The person receiving care cannot be your spouse, partner or child.

Requirements

To apply for a discount on this basis you would need to provide the following:

  • Written confirmation of:
    • the number of adults resident in the property;
    • the full name of the person providing care;
    • the full name of the person receiving care;
    • their relationship to each other (e.g. friend, son, introduced by the Local Authority);
    • the number of hours of care which are provided.
  • Proof of the salary received (if applicable).
  • Proof of the benefits received. This must show the person’s name, the type of benefit, the date it was awarded and the amount.

Carer exemptions

Criteria

If you leave your property unoccupied because you are living elsewhere to provide personal care you can claim an exemption if you fulfil the requirements.

Requirements

To apply for an exemption on this basis you would need to provide the following:

  • Written confirmation:
    • of the date you left the property;
    • that the property is unoccupied;
    • that you have left to provide care elsewhere;
    • the address you are living at;
    • name and address of the person for whom you provide care;
    • the type and level of care you are providing;
    • whether you intend to return.
  • Proof of your residency at the new address (for example ’ a bill).

Hospital Patients

Criteria

For Council Tax purposes if you have your main residence in a hospital and it is not your intention to return to your home you may be entitled to a discount or an exemption. This does not include those who go into hospital for a few weeks and then return to their home. If you have left the property unoccupied you may be entitled to an exemption and if there is only one person resident then they may be entitled to a discount.

Requirements

To apply for a discount or exemption on this basis you would need to provide the following:

  • Written confirmation of:
    • the number and names of adults still resident in the property, or confirmation that the property is unoccupied;
    • the name and address of the hospital;
    • the date you went into hospital;
    • details of how long you are likely to be away;
    • whether you intend to return.

People Receiving Care

Criteria

For Council Tax purposes if you have left home to receive care in a property other than a hospital or nursing home you may be entitled to a discount or an exemption. The care you are receiving should be because of old age, disablement, illness, alcohol/drug dependence or mental illness. If you have left the property unoccupied you may be entitled to an exemption and if there is only one person resident then they may be entitled to a discount.

Requirements

To apply for a discount or exemption on this basis you would need to provide the following:

  • Written confirmation of:
    • the number and names of adults still resident in the property, or confirmation that the property is unoccupied;
    • the name and address of the home / place of care;
    • the date you went into care;
    • reason for the care being provided (e.g. old age);
    • details of how long you are likely to be away;
    • whether you intend to return;
    • situation at your property (e.g. empty, partner remaining).

Detained under the Mental Health Act

Criteria

For Council Tax purposes if you are detained elsewhere under the Mental Health Act (for example in a hospital) you may be entitled to a discount or an exemption. If you have left the property unoccupied you may be entitled to an exemption and if there is now only one person resident then they may be entitled to a discount.

Requirements

To apply for a discount or exemption on this basis you would need to provide the following:

  • Written confirmation of:
    • the number and names of adults still resident in the property, or confirmation that the property is unoccupied;
    • the name and address of the hospital – the date you were detained;
    • details of how long you are likely to be away (the expected date of release);
    • whether you intend to return;
    • any relevant reference.

Disabled Relief

Criteria

The disabled person:

  • May be an adult or a child
  • Does not have to be the person responsible for paying the council tax
  • Must be living in the property.

A person with learning difficulties or mental health problems may qualify as well as a person with a physical disability.

To qualify for a reduction your home must have at least one of the following:

  • A room that has been modified for the disabled person. For example, is used to store dialysis equipment
  • A second bathroom or kitchen that the disabled person needs to use
  • Alterations for a wheelchair to be used inside at all times. For example, doorframes being made wider, walls removed for the wheelchair.

It should be noted that the room must have a specific link to the disablement (e.g. set aside for dialysis, therapy) and not just for normal living arrangements. For example – a living room used by a disabled person as a bedroom does not qualify under these regulations.

Requirements

To apply for disabled relief you will need to provide the following:

  • Written confirmation of:
    • The name of the disabled person;
    • Their disability;
    • Details of the adaptations carried out on your property.

We will need to visit your property to confirm that it fulfils the necessary criteria.

CLAIMING A REDUCTION

Please contact the Council Tax Section on 01978 292031 to claim any of the above discounts or exemptions.

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