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Council tax discounts for ‘severe mental impairment’

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Benefits & Tax Credits
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  • calcotticalcotti Forumite
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    As CIS said the problem is that the local authorities have no way of knowing if a claimant is eligible for a relevant benefit unless they are actually receiving it. They are not in a position to make that assessment.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • edited 12 December 2019 at 6:15PM
    mj1mj1 Forumite
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    Hmmm I see what is being said but in my Dad's case he clearly meets the criteria on the DWP site.


    I.e. 1. He is Mentally Disabled - Proof is the SMI form signed by Doctor


    2. He is (was) state pension age at time so clear cut. - I can prove with Birth Cert!!


    But the council won't accept that as proof and I need DWP to say so. I actually think the council could easily see he meets the criteria as the criteria is very straight forward?



    Anyway, fair enough I can not now have that happen and have it applied retro..


    So the info on the Web Site is very useful but of no help in showing how we beat this catch 22 situation and perhaps provides false hope if the council adopts such an approach to need for proof.


    Anyway Thanks for the advice and I will keep an eye open in case anything else pops up to help...
  • CISCIS Forumite
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    The problem is that there are numerous other issues which can/do come in to play when determining eligibility - the DWP website just gives a basic overview of qualifying criteria. The council aren't trained or experienced in all of the nuances - DWP mess it up enough and they deal daily with it.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a specialist Council Tax paralegal assisting landlords and Council Tax payers with council tax disputes and valuation tribunals. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
  • mj1mj1 Forumite
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    CIS wrote: »
    The problem is that there are numerous other issues which can/do come in to play when determining eligibility - the DWP website just gives a basic overview of qualifying criteria. The council aren't trained or experienced in all of the nuances - DWP mess it up enough and they deal daily with it.


    Fair comments, thanks for the further insight.


    It makes my view that the web site really should be updated to better reflect the reality of the situation in regards of proof with DWP...
  • hazelplatzerhazelplatzer Forumite
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    How do I prove my mother was eligible for a qualifying benefit? Thanks
  • poppy12345poppy12345 Forumite
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    How do I prove my mother was eligible for a qualifying benefit? Thanks

    You have posted on the end of a huge thread which is 15 pages long. You need to start your own thread with your question because you'll get more response doing this. It causes too much confusion when asking questions on very long threads.
  • hazelplatzerhazelplatzer Forumite
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    Hi all I have applied to Barking Council for Council Tax disregard/exemption  for my mother under the SMI rule which they have accepted. She has Alzeimhers. However they won't backdate the claim unless I can prove she was entitled to a qualifying benefit  (attendance allowance) before we actually applied for it. Any idea how I prove she was entitled? Thank you in anticipation of your help
  • poppy12345poppy12345 Forumite
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    Hi all I have applied to Barking Council for Council Tax disregard/exemption  for my mother under the SMI rule which they have accepted. She has Alzeimhers. However they won't backdate the claim unless I can prove she was entitled to a qualifying benefit  (attendance allowance) before we actually applied for it. Any idea how I prove she was entitled? Thank you in anticipation of your help

    You posted your question on the end of an extremely long thread, which is most likely why you didn't receive any help when you last posted your question.
    As advised previously, please start your own thread and then you'll most likely receive some advice when others see it.

  • yvonnerowleyyvonnerowley Forumite
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    hi my son is severily disabled and has to pay money towards rent is that right
  • edited 20 July at 1:53PM
    calcotticalcotti Forumite
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    edited 20 July at 1:53PM
    hi my son is severily disabled and has to pay money towards rent is that right
    Please start your own thread. You will need to provide more information about the circumstances in order for people to be able to advise.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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