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Back dated Council tax reduction

I've applied for the severely mentally impaired Council tax reduction. I've completed the form and sent it along with my GP confirmation certificate. On the GP certificate it states that I've been severely mentally impaired since 2008. My PIP award date is December 2018. Does any one know how far the reduction will be backdated to? I've only been paying Council tax for the past couple of years, I was living with my parents before that. I think I'll get all my Council tax paid as I live alone. Thanks


  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,141 Disability Gamechanger
    Did you not apply before because you weren't aware of this or because someone at the council told you it didn't apply?
    Usually councils are reluctant to back date beyond 3 months.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • Grace7
    Grace7 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Unfortunately I didn't know about it. That's a shame that it can't be backdated any further than that.  
  • atlas46
    atlas46 Member Posts: 826 Pioneering
    Hi @Grace7

    You are entitled to backdated Council Tax for upto six years.

    Wait till your Council “decides” on their version of backdating.

    Then send them a letter of “notice”. that you intend to appeal their decision to the Valuation Tribunal.

    You should cite Arca v Carlisle City Council (ref: 0915m85513/254c) and in particular The Limitation Act 1980, Section 9, which states that six years of back payment should be applied.

    Let us know if you need further assistance.

    Best wishes.
  • Grace7
    Grace7 Member Posts: 9 Listener
    Thank you very much for this information. I'll wait and see what my local council say in the first instance and consider challenging it if I'm not happy. 


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