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Carer / Disabled Reductions

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

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:

Requirements

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

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:

Category 2

A person who:

Requirements

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

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:

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:

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:

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:

Disabled Relief

Criteria

The disabled person:

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:

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:

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.