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Council Tax Exemption and Severe Mental Impairment

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Hi guys :)

Many people on means-tested sickness and disability benefits qualify for a reduction in the Council Tax they pay, and the remainder is made up of Council Tax Benefit.

However, there are some instances were people are totally exempt from paying Council Tax. This is so if you are deemed to have Severe Mental Impairment, which is long-lasting. A letter from your doctor is required to state this.

It's been drawn to my attention that I am exempt, and I have applied to my local council for an exemption, and hopefully a refund - I've been paying the reduced rate since the new funding arrangements were introduced, when I should not have been paying it all.

I just thought I would draw this to your attention, since I am pretty sure many on here are paying it, and perhaps they should not be :)
 
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Hi guys :)

Many people on means-tested sickness and disability benefits qualify for a reduction in the Council Tax they pay, and the remainder is made up of Council Tax Benefit.

However, there are some instances were people are totally exempt from paying Council Tax. This is so if you are deemed to have Severe Mental Impairment, which is long-lasting. A letter from your doctor is required to state this.

It's been drawn to my attention that I am exempt, and I have applied to my local council for an exemption, and hopefully a refund - I've been paying the reduced rate since the new funding arrangements were introduced, when I should not have been paying it all.

I just thought I would draw this to your attention, since I am pretty sure many on here are paying it, and perhaps they should not be :)
i get full council tax benefit paying the council tax so it makes no difference asking for exemption, maybe if that changes. in the poll tax years the gp refused

it also depends if your in say a labour poor area with high council tax or a tory rich area with lower quite often council tax, incidentally the tory area it's lower because theres less people in need of council services
 
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I'm in a majority Tory area. We used to have a large learning disability hospital in my town that closed in the early 90s and most of the patients moved into the community. Many people worked at that hospital or knew somebody who did and we have many people with disabilities living here in the community which has actually made it a very nice place to live because most people are understating of people with disabilities, we have alot of supported living houses which I live in one. The local council are very good, many activities for people with LDs and physical disabilities. Full housing benefit is met and we rarely get any hassle of them. It's a nice town to live.
 
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I'm in a majority Tory area. We used to have a large learning disability hospital in my town that closed in the early 90s and most of the patients moved into the community. Many people worked at that hospital or knew somebody who did and we have many people with disabilities living here in the community which has actually made it a very nice place to live because most people are understating of people with disabilities, we have alot of supported living houses which I live in one. The local council are very good, many activities for people with LDs and physical disabilities. Full housing benefit is met and we rarely get any hassle of them. It's a nice town to live.
It sounds very much that there is a caring community in your town. It's good to know, and it's a template for improving and good practice in social and health care :)
 
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i remember when i lived in enfield with a tory council and this member of the new right was in charge of social services, was told i wasn't a priority on mental health grounds and left to become one, guess the social workers were under pressure to beleive it

thats what i have against recovery, remember that new right counciller saying unlike you i don't beleive it's impossible to come off meds and mentioning the vietnam veterans coming back addicted to heroin, my view is the vietnam veterand got a lot of help from goverment and to this day theres hostels for those struggleing

anyway this tory new right councillers view was people can come off drugs get better and work therefore theres no need for long term help, sounds familiar

oh yes the council tax was low
 
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I don't have a severe mental impairment as I don't have a letter saying I do / don't like the terminology but I recently discovered I am entitled to council tax reduction due to mental health as I receive PIP. I was not aware of this and have been paying council tax since November of last year before my PIP was approved.

I wish it was easier to understand entitlements and to find out about things like bus passes etc as no one really tells you.
 
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if your on means tested benefits due to low income you will get council tax benefit to pay the council tax so it's immaterial whether you qualify on the grounds of severe mental impairment, another nasty label in itself
 
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if your on means tested benefits due to low income you will get council tax benefit to pay the council tax so it's immaterial whether you qualify on the grounds of severe mental impairment, another nasty label in itself
I don't get means tested benefits because I work part time but PIP makes me eligible, wonder if other people in this position know
 
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as i'm getting council tax benefit to pay the council tax it's immaterial, though i've heard rumours i might not get it if transferred to universal credit, i did ask the gp but he refused

one friend in debt and facing a council tax bill this social worker insisted on turning up at the gps with her and asking for an exemption the gp said is she getting all the benefits she's entitled to and next time i'd like to see her alone
 
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Would I be eligible? Is it worth asking my doc for a letter? I do work tho, and don't claim pip :confused:

But I am a certified schizo!
 
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Would I be eligible? Is it worth asking my doc for a letter? I do work tho, and don't claim pip :confused:

But I am a certified schizo!
If you log into the council tax page for your area and click on the disabilities section there is a form to fill in that you need to take to your gp for him to sign
 
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Would I be eligible? Is it worth asking my doc for a letter? I do work tho, and don't claim pip :confused:

But I am a certified schizo!
The link that Daffy posted earlier says:
'The council tax rules say that a person is exempt from council tax if they have a ‘severe mental impairment’. It says that ‘a person is severely mentally impaired if they have a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent’.'

I don't think I'd like to give myself that label for a council tax reduction, although I'm pretty sure I've lost a fair few points off my IQ since I got ill.

My council doesn't require a letter like that since I receive PIP so must vary locally as to how they implement it.
 
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Would I be eligible? Is it worth asking my doc for a letter? I do work tho, and don't claim pip :confused:

But I am a certified schizo!
my friend got it while he was working, depends on the attitude of your gp, your in harrow which has a lower council tax is it an issue, labour areas have more need so charge more to pay costs
 
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I checked, I am not eligible. I need to be claiming benefits.
 
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