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Hello, my father had a stroke a number of years ago and never fully recovered, he has since passed away, but lived for over 5 and a half years after the stroke and in that time my mother was paying full council tax and what I was wondering was, should she have been entitled to a reduction and if so, can she claim that back and have it backdated?
Thank you.

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  • Alter_egoAlter_ego Forumite
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    Was father living at home?
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  • d25d25 Forumite
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    Yes, the whole time.
  • CISCIS Forumite
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    Did he need any adaptations to the property ?
    Did he qualify as 'SMI' for council tax purposes ?
    Discounts & Band Reductions can certainly be backdated where the relevant qualifying conditions can be met but it is not always easy, it depends on the council as to how much fight is needed. I deal with backdating regularly and some councils will quibble more over a year or two than others will over a decade.
    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.
  • d25d25 Forumite
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    Certain adaptions were made to property, the stairs and the bathroom.
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    d25 said:
    Certain adaptions were made to property, the stairs and the bathroom.
    It sounds like it probably doesn't meet the criteria for a disabled band reduction unless there's more than what you had mentioned so far.
    (i) a room which is not a bathroom, a kitchen or a lavatory and which is predominantly used
    (whether for providing therapy or otherwise) by and is required for meeting the needs of any qualifying individual resident in the dwelling; or
    (ii) a bathroom or kitchen which is not the only bathroom or kitchen within the dwelling and which is required for meeting the needs of any qualifying individual resident in the dwelling; or
    (iii) sufficient floor space to permit the use of a wheelchair required for meeting the needs of any qualifying individual resident in the dwelling;

    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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  • parent13parent13 Forumite
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    Hi if there are three family members living in a house (i.e. mother, daughter and grandmother) who are exempt from paying council tax for one reason or another and then a second daughter moves in with a full paying job having finished uni are they liable for the full council tax on that property?
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    edited 25 June at 4:47PM
    parent13 said:
    Hi if there are three family members living in a house (i.e. mother, daughter and grandmother) who are exempt from paying council tax for one reason or another and then a second daughter moves in with a full paying job having finished uni are they liable for the full council tax on that property?
    It might be best to start your own thread, rather than piggy back on to someone else's - you will probably get more help with your question that way.


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