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Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by ronyork, Jul 14, 2015.
Perhaps you all know but if you are recieving carers allowance you can get a 25% on your council tax
"Perhaps you all know but if you are recieving carers allowance you can get a 25% on your council tax"
Agreed it does not preclude a reduction but in itself it does not give an entitlement.
Carers Allowance doesn't on it own give the 25% disregard of the council tax, that is given when someone is deemed to have mental issues i.e. dementia, hope that helps.
It's not the Carers Allowance that does that but Attendance Allowance, together with a form signed by the GP confirming the diagnosis, on the grounds of "severe mental impairment".
Unless the caree lives alone, in which case they are totally exempt due to SMI (Severe Mental Impairment)
"It's not the Carers Allowance that does that but Attendance Allowance, together with a form signed by the GP confirming the diagnosis, on the grounds of "severe mental impairment"."
Severe mental impairment means that the person is disregarded thus reducing the occupancy by one, if there are two occupants this means that the 25% sole occupancy takes effect, if there are more than two full tax is payable. If one, as has been said, no tax.
But if the second occupant is a carer (not a parent or partner) do not both get disregarded and therefore a 50% levy is charged?
If the second occupant of two is a carer eligible for disregard
http://www.northampton.gov.uk/info/200028/council-tax/930/council-tax-disregard-categories/15 this disregard means the house is in effect unoccupied.
Don't know where that leads, zero, 50%, or even surcharge for empty property!!!!!
I think if the carer was SMI or a student then the charge would be zero. But if not, and although entitled to be disregarded, the property is still classed as occupied and a 50% charge is made. The owner of the property even if that is the SMI is liable to pay.
Sec 8 of FS21......