Some of the most vulnerable people in Erewash are still missing out on a council tax reduction worth hundreds or thousands of pounds because little is known about the support.
Erewash Borough Council wants to make people aware that anyone living with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s or other similar conditions may be entitled to a council tax reduction.
If granted, it means those living alone will not pay any council tax, while those living with another adult aged over 18 may qualify for a 25% reduction. A carer may also qualify for a reduction if they are providing care for at least 35 hours a week, live in the same property and are not related to the person.
Councillor Wayne Major, Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:
“As a council we want to get this important message out – that support may be available for those living with these devastating conditions. We know many charities, both nationally and locally, do try to inform people but there are still many that are not aware of this discount. We would ask everyone to help us spread the word.”
There are conditions that need to be met to qualify for a Severe Mental Impairment (SMI) council tax discount/exemption. Anyone wanting more help and guidance can contact Citizens Advice on their helpline 0300 456 8390 or contact the relevant charities offering support, including the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK and Carers UK.
More information on how to claim the 'severely mentally impaired' council tax discount can also be found on Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website.