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Wales to help 'severely mentally impaired' get council tax discount after MSE campaign - MSE News

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Campaigns Corner
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Campaigns Corner
The Welsh Government has become the first in Great Britain to launch a website and leaflet to help 'severely mentally impaired' residents access a council tax discount worth almost £400/year on average - but MSE founder Martin Lewis says others must follow suit...
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  • poppy10_2poppy10_2 Forumite
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    It's a bit of a regressive tax break, this one. Pensioners in general are already sitting on vast unearned housing wealth. With the council tax discount, the wealthiest with bigger houses will get a bigger refund than the poorer in small houses. All this comes from council budgets which are already stretched and means that people who are already well-off get money back while people in need are struggling to access services
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  • CISCIS Forumite
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    The SMI disregard (and exemption) are something I see a lot of clients about - if it's in legislation then they're entitled however I still think that there's a lot of un-needed vitriol aimed at local authorities for 'not advertising' the disregard.

    The local authorities advise the disregard as much as they are required to (and some a lot more) but at how far are they expected to go ? It's good the Welsh government had added extra guidance regarding it but what about all the other disregards - you can't, as a public body, publicise one aspect any more than the others and remain fair to all.
    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.
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