1. Expert Q&A: Protecting a person with dementia from financial abuse - Weds 26 June, 3:30-4:30 pm

    Financial abuse can have serious consequences for a person with dementia. Find out how to protect a person with dementia from financial abuse.

    Sam, our Knowledge Officer (Legal and Welfare Rights) is our expert on this topic. She will be here to answer your questions on Wednesday 26 June between 3:30 - 4:30 pm.

    You can either post questions >here< or email them to us at talkingpoint@alzheimers.org.uk and we'll answer as many as we can on the day.

  1. Sandy1949

    Sandy1949 Registered User

    Apr 28, 2015
    2
    Hi

    I applied and got council tax reduction for my husband who has just been diagnosed with dementia. Now I have received a letter saying that because my grandson lives with us the amount of adults in our house means he cannot get a reduction

    Is this correct ?
     
  2. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,390
    Male
    North Manchester
    Yes, the SME is a disregard, it reduces the occupancy by one.
    One occupant - no council tax
    Two occupants - 25% discount
    More than two occupants - no reduction.
     
  3. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    Hi and welcome to Talking Point.

    That sounds correct (assuming your grandson is an adult, and isn't a full time student).

    The way it works is that the discount essentially removes a person from the home. So 1 person living alone pays no tax, 2 people pay 75% of the tax but 3 or more people mean no reduction.
     
  4. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,496
    Female
    London
    I wish it were 50% for two! Alas, it's 75%.
    Edit: you corrected it before I pressed send!
     
  5. Sandy1949

    Sandy1949 Registered User

    Apr 28, 2015
    2
    Thank you
     
  6. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    Yeah. I was thinking 75 but typing 50. :D
     
  7. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,491
    Female
    Near Southampton
    #7 Saffie, Apr 28, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2015
    You do mean 1 person before reduction, don't you, not after.
    i.e. one person living alone with dementia or similar.
    I pay 75%.
     
  8. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
    39,419
    Yep, that's what I mean Saffie. :)
     
  9. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,491
    Female
    Near Southampton
    Thanks Jennifer. I'd hate to be paying more than I should be!
     
  10. balloo

    balloo Registered User

    Sep 21, 2013
    227
    northamptonshire
    we were told if my MILgets Attendence allowance we can aplly and get reduction in council tax and that would be 3 adults in the house
     
  11. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,496
    Female
    London
    Only if another of the adults was discounted for either being a student, having his main residence somewhere else or being a carer for someone in the same household who is NOT their partner. Or any other reason listed here:
    http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/Factsheets/FS21_Council_Tax_fcs.pdf?dtrk=true
     

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