Council Tax Discount

Discussion in 'I have a partner with dementia' started by Draggie, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. Draggie

    Draggie Registered User

    Jun 26, 2015
    8
    Could someone tell me please the time the discount should be required from? The date of the application or the date of the Attendance Allowance award? Thanks.
     
  2. Jinx

    Jinx Registered User

    Mar 13, 2014
    2,333
    Pontypool
    I believe it should be back dated to either attendance allowance award or even date of diagnosis, but not 100% sure. No doubt someone else will know more. Suggest you contact Age Concern or Alzheimer's Society, I'm sure they will advise you.


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  3. Draggie

    Draggie Registered User

    Jun 26, 2015
    8
    council Tax

    Thank you very much. Will do some further investigation.
     
  4. Lavender45

    Lavender45 Registered User

    Jun 7, 2015
    1,598
    Liverpool
    Hi

    Are you thinking about carer or severe mental impairment status discount?

    I do not know how many people are in your household and that is considered when looking at your application, so what I've written below is assuming there are sufficient people disregarded to allow a discount to be paid.


    Carer status discount would be awarded from the date higher rate attendance allowance was paid.

    Severe mental impairment status discount requires two things to be in place, firstly a relevant benefit like attendance allowance and secondly a certificate completed by the GP or consultant of the person for whom the application is being made.

    The certificate asks the GP or consultant to state a date from which the individual should be considered to be severely mentally impaired.

    Status discount is awarded from the date both the criteria have been met eg if the GP stated X was severely mentally impaired from 1st January 2015, but attendance allowance was not paid until 1st April 2015 the discount would start from 1st April 2015 as it was the first date on which both criteria were met.

    Hope this helps.

    Lavender45
     
  5. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,499
    Female
    London
    That's probably how it should be but the doctor can put any date he likes on the form and if the council tax people don't check the date AA was awarded from, they are likely to take the GPs word for gospel. After all, they don't ask for the AA date on the form. We got ours backdated more than three years.
     
  6. Scarlett123

    Scarlett123 Registered User

    Apr 30, 2013
    3,802
    Essex
    Ours was backdated to 2007 - the date the consultant wrote to the GP - and I kept a copy of the letter. It was all done very quickly, and the money paid into our bank account in a couple of weeks. xxx
     
  7. Draggie

    Draggie Registered User

    Jun 26, 2015
    8
    Thank you for your help.
     
  8. Kjn

    Kjn Registered User

    Jul 27, 2013
    5,835
    Does the gp have to sign the form too and back date that or is the letter ok? I need to get consultants letter off mum and say if she needs to see dads gp for signature.
     
  9. Kevinl

    Kevinl Registered User

    Aug 24, 2013
    4,668
    Salford
    I got the discount backdated to the date of diagnosis, the date on a letter the consultant sent to out GP saying specifically my wife had AZ.
    I filled in the form and a few weeks later I got a letter saying it was sorted.
    The form said they may contact her GP but I've no idea if they did or not.
    I did it on line, I just had to supply a copy of the consultant's letter and the DLA and Mobility Allowance award letter and they did the rest.
    K
     
  10. Scarlett123

    Scarlett123 Registered User

    Apr 30, 2013
    3,802
    Essex
    Well what I did was write to the GP, (I delivered the letter to the receptionist) asking if he would kindly sign the form, and saying that I enclosed a copy of the letter from the consultant which gave the date of diagnosis - I didn't want to leave anything to chance. :)
     
  11. Kjn

    Kjn Registered User

    Jul 27, 2013
    5,835
    Thank you all, thanks Scarlett . Mum is going to see if has that diagnosis letter if not will request copy from gp receptionist (sm surgery ) then il go from there.
    Fingers crossed !
     

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