In Scotland you can also be eligible for: Tax credits Employment and support allowance Universal credit
How to claim the discount The process for making a claim varies by area, so you’ll need to check your local authority’s procedure. You’ll need to contact your local authority for a claim form to register for a council tax discount . In some cases you’ll need to attach a written diagnosis to your claim – in others you just give your doctor’s details and they’ll be contacted for confirmation. GPs are not allowed to charge you for this certification.
You may be asked to attach some supporting evidence, such as the doctor’s diagnosis or evidence of eligibility for relevant benefits. Let us know how you’ve got on. Whether you’ve successfully claimed, or have tried to but had problems, tell us at . Here it gets a bit trickier – not all councils allow you to apply for a backdated discount, though we think they should.
You don’t need to explain why you didn’t apply for a reduction earlier. But you will need to prove the criteria for a discount applied at the relevant time in the past. We’ve heard from MoneySavers who have moved home over the years who have managed to reclaim overpayments from multiple councils. You may be able to get a rebate on payments for the period when the person who was impaired lived with you.
The process is the same, so you’ll still need proof of the person’s condition, such as a doctor’s letter. As of April 2019, in a huge win for our campaign the Welsh Government and all 22 Welsh local authorities have agreed to make every change called for in the report . This means the application form for the discount will be standardised across the country, and backdating is to be allowed by EVERY council in a standardised way. The Welsh Government has a dedicated webpage , with details of the discount and how to claim, and a leaflet of the information .
It can be found here . You can find details for your council here . The form will ask for your date of diagnosis, so if you’re owed a backdated rebate, your application form will cover this. There’s a rates system there instead of council tax, meaning every property is valued individually.
The only roughly similar discount is the disabled person’s allowance, which gives a 25% discount on rates for homes where a disabled person lives and the property has been adapted to suit their needs.
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