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Old 17-10-12, 01:24 PM   #1
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Default Reduction in council tax?

I recently enquired about council tax reduction. I was given two forms (one for adapation to the house and one for severe mental impairement). We have a downstairs shower room ( put in prior to HD but useful all the same). We have re-done our bathroom and made it HD friendly i.e handrails, larger shower.
Im just not sure if this will be enough.
Has anyone applied and got this reduction? has anyone applied for the severe mental impairment? depends what they mean by severe?!
My husband is early stage HD.

Im just trying like all of us I guess to reduce our outgoings as much as possible. Council tax at £200 plus a month is a large payment for us.

Any thoughts appreciated.
Many thanks in advance.
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Old 17-10-12, 02:11 PM   #2
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Hi Colette,
You and I seem to be at the same stage with all this endless writing, I am afraid I can't answer your question, I think someone should write a BIG manual for the carers of HD guiding them in the right direction with all these things. Trish, an idea for another publication for you!!? Mind you the way all guidelines etc etc change you would be forever updating.
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Old 17-10-12, 06:12 PM   #3
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Has anyone applied and got this reduction? has anyone applied for the severe mental impairment? depends what they mean by severe?!
My husband is early stage HD.

Im just trying like all of us I guess to reduce our outgoings as much as possible. Council tax at £200 plus a month is a large payment for us.

Any thoughts appreciated.
Many thanks in advance.
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Hi Colette,
. Trish, an idea for another publication for you!!? Mind you the way all guidelines etc etc change you would be forever updating.
S x
Things have moved on a bit since mine and Steve's experience but in 2006 we were renting a flat. Steve was what I would call mid term. Wobbly; speach deteriorating etc

I called the Council and they sent a lovely lady around to asses. She was very apologetic but said, because we didn't have an adapted bathroom for Steve's use; and because he wasn't in a wheelchair, we were not eligible for discount.

A year later we moved to a Housing Assoc flat which had been built for disabled people. The arguement then was that Steve was not in a wheelchair and didn't need a specially adapted room as we had a wetroom with a rail already there

Anyyhoo

When Steve needed the wheelchair it was all agreed very quickly that we get the discount as they were geared up to a progressive disease by then.

In terms of 'severe mental' capacity I think that may have come in since we applied but it's worth asking the GP/Neuro on how they would class this and if they would support any application?

As for a book. Yep.. It would be like painting the Forth Bridge with a lip brush That said... A few years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to give input into this little beauty published by HDA. HD CARER GUIDE
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Old 18-10-12, 09:49 AM   #4
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Things have moved on a bit since mine and Steve's experience but in 2006 we were renting a flat. Steve was what I would call mid term. Wobbly; speach deteriorating etc

I called the Council and they sent a lovely lady around to asses. She was very apologetic but said, because we didn't have an adapted bathroom for Steve's use; and because he wasn't in a wheelchair, we were not eligible for discount.

A year later we moved to a Housing Assoc flat which had been built for disabled people. The arguement then was that Steve was not in a wheelchair and didn't need a specially adapted room as we had a wetroom with a rail already there

Anyyhoo

When Steve needed the wheelchair it was all agreed very quickly that we get the discount as they were geared up to a progressive disease by then.

In terms of 'severe mental' capacity I think that may have come in since we applied but it's worth asking the GP/Neuro on how they would class this and if they would support any application?

As for a book. Yep.. It would be like painting the Forth Bridge with a lip brush That said... A few years ago I was lucky enough to be invited to give input into this little beauty published by HDA. HD CARER GUIDE
thanks for your help x
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