GP charging for council tax letter

Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by blueboy, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. blueboy

    blueboy Registered User

    Feb 21, 2015
    125
    I have just asked for a form from the local council re council tax waiver for people with dementia to be completed by Mum's GP. My understanding was that there should be no charge for this to be completed but I have been asked for £20. This is in Scotland, if that is relevant. Can anyone advise me if the charge is usual, please.
     
  2. blueboy

    blueboy Registered User

    Feb 21, 2015
    125
    So I have just answered my own question!! Apparently the BMA don't allow practices to charge for this - does this apply in Scotland too? If so I am really annoyed!
     
  3. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    North Manchester
    The GP should not charge, it is listed as a prescribed medical certificate which means that a fee cannot be charged.

    9. To support a claim by or on behalf of a severely mentally impaired person for exemption from liability to pay the Council Tax or eligibility for a discount in respect of the amount of Council Tax payable


    Page 37
    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2004/291/pdfs/uksi_20040291_en.pdf
     
  4. blueboy

    blueboy Registered User

    Feb 21, 2015
    125
    I presume this applies in Scotland too?
     
  5. blueboy

    blueboy Registered User

    Feb 21, 2015
    125
    Thank you so much, Nitram! It's not the money - but the principle - Mum's GP is pretty useless, apparently - certainly they do next to nothing for her. I did query the charge but was told that only jury duty forms are exempt. This is any area with a large elderly population so the surgery must be making a fortune!
     
  6. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
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    I would complain strongly, get the letter and then given what you have just said I would change her GP
     
  7. blueboy

    blueboy Registered User

    Feb 21, 2015
    125
    I will complain but won't change her GP as they have known her for years..
     
  8. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
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    ahhhhhhhhhhhh ok sorry I thought you said GP was useless, my bad apologies
     
  9. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    19,259
    Male
    North Manchester
    Depending on the size of the practise it might not be the GP directly, it may be that admin staff need some training.
    It would be interesting to know if others are repaid the illegal charge and also if no charges are levied in the future.
     
  10. marionq

    marionq Registered User

    Apr 24, 2013
    5,902
    Female
    Scotland
    No charge from my GP and indeed other things I've asked for him to sign there has been no charge even when he could have.
     
  11. Dearie Me

    Dearie Me Registered User

    Feb 2, 2012
    41
    Scotland
    I definitely wasn't charged- Grampian NHS Trust.

    It's so exasperating that we all have to research and check every single detail......
     
  12. blueboy

    blueboy Registered User

    Feb 21, 2015
    125
    Fizzie - the GP is useless but Mum is confused enough without changing - though she maybe wouldn't even notice..Lack of available practices in the area too. But I definitely intend to make a fuss about the charge when I go to collect the form - as I don't want to pay and then maybe never get the money back. I will wait until the form is in my sweaty little hand first though!!
     
  13. blueboy

    blueboy Registered User

    Feb 21, 2015
    125
    I had sent the form in with an SAE - always seem to be busy with Mum and I received a phone call saying that I would have to go in to collect it as there was a £20 charge. When I queried that the person on the phone was absolutely adamant that this wasn't supplied without charge. Maybe poor training but it is a large practice and, because of the area, they must receive quite a number of similar requests.
     
  14. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
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    Female
    London
    Print out the links given. They can't really argue with them but if they do, say you'll report them to whoever they are governed by plus your MP and the Daily Mail. They would have to be pretty stubborn to insist after that!
     
  15. blueboy

    blueboy Registered User

    Feb 21, 2015
    125
    Thanks, Beate - I plan to do this!!
     
  16. Beetroot

    Beetroot Registered User

    Aug 19, 2015
    362
    I wasn't charged for the form for my council (my mother now lives with me), but her council - property on the market - required a letter. Doc charged fifteen quid for the letter, even though he copied what I'd suggested he write!
     
  17. scattysue

    scattysue Registered User

    Aug 20, 2015
    65
    I live in Scotland and my sister's GP provided the necessary letter for the Council Tax Waiver without charge. He has also supplied other supporting letters for me without charge.
    Good luck with your complaint
     
  18. tryingmybest

    tryingmybest Registered User

    May 22, 2015
    625
    Female
    I wasn't charged for this but they did charge for a letter for the Court of Protection. Scandalous. X
     
  19. Haylett

    Haylett Registered User

    Feb 4, 2011
    1,145
    Our GP is often directed by admin to charge for services which she feels is part and parcel of being a family GP and providing a service to patients. I doubt very much whether she knows the rules and regs precisely - but she refuses to levy a charge and we certainly did not pay for the Council Tax rebate certificate to be completed; nor for her to certify mental capacity when it came to sorting out Power of Attorney.

    I frequently fill out Council Tax rebate forms for carers (in Scotland) and none of them has been charged for the countersignature by the GP. Which region are you in?

    I hope you get an apology. I think you've just done other carers in your area a massive service!
     

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