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I wonder if you could advise if we can appeal against the local council who are saying they are unable to backdate the 25% disregard from an earlier date beyond when my Mum started receiving attendance allowance.
Riablo wrote: »
My mother has very severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). It affects virtually every aspect of her life (she doesn't eat any food that isn't pre-packaged, she spends her entire time on decontamination rituals, she leaves the house approx. once every 6 weeks, she has been too ill to work since the early-1990s and has received appropriate benefits since that date). She was living alone independently until March this year when her home was flooded by a burst pipe. Since then she has been living in our family home and both my husband and I act as her carers (I have just registered as her carer through DWP). Her OCD, depression and anxiety have continued to decline and she has lost most of her independence since living with us.
Local CMHT have confirmed that they are unable to offer any treatment locally as her OCD is too severe. The only possible route for treatment is at a specialist treatment centre (we are currently trying to get funding for a referral) but it is not clear whether she is well enough to have the treatment and there is a high chance to will make things worse / have no effect.
She has been on Incapacity benefit since the early 1990's, in recent years this has changed to PIP and ESA.
I'm not sure whether it would be appropriate to ask the doctor if my mother qualifies for an SMI disregard (and myself and husband as her carers)? I've struggled to find definitive criteria for an SMI? I have seen reference to the condition being permanent. As there is a possible treatment option for my mother (although the treatment may not be suitable) would this mean she is not suffering from an SMI as there is a chance it may not be permanent? Her condition has deteriorated over the last 30 years and continues to deteriorate now.
simply having been diagnosed doesn’t automatically mean they qualify
I have seen reference to the condition being permanent.
nicetomeetyou wrote: »
Would somebody with diagnosis of Mild Intellectual disability and secondly Schizoaffective Disorder which is chronic and relapsing which means they are on a court appointed Community Treatment Order to force them to take depot medication plus they lack capacity with finances, would they be entailed to SMI?
Lynn8143 wrote: »
Following Martin’s article in a paper a month or so ago about SMI I helped my dad claim this as my mum has dementia. Our local council sent him a credit notice saying he was due about £270 for 17/18 and £230 for 18/19 which we claimed and were waiting for the refund (I also asked for backdating as mum has been receiving AA since Jan 16 and was waiting for the outcome of this). My dad has today received an adjusted council tax bill saying he now owes them money. I have contacted the council who have advised the credit notice was sent after the council tax billing department adjusted the bill due to the SMI claim and the 2nd adjustment was sent after the council tax support department had adjusted their help because of the SMI claim. It appears if you were getting council tax support prior to claiming SMI that gets reduced when you claim the SMI by exactly the same. Looking at the figures they were awarded £395.48 discount this year under SMI and the council tax support has been reduced by £395.48 because of the SMI so it seems pointless claiming it. Does this sound right? The council have just said this is correct and that’s it.
Looking at the figures they were awarded £395.48 discount this year under SMI and the council tax support has been reduced by £395.48
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