Meeting criteria for disabled relief
I had a call from a representative from the council tax dept yesterday, wanting to ask some questions about if I still met the criteria for disabled relief..which is something I've had around 20 years since they converted the bathroom into a wetroom for me.
It seems that apart from that I now also have to have a house that has a room set aside for my disability, a second bathroom Or a separate bedroom, or kitchen or use a wheelchair in the house..thankfully something not required at the moment.
As I live in a 3 bed 1bathroom and kitchen house, our family home and wouldn't have the money to do these additions..it took 3 yrs to get the grant for the bathroom. I was somewhat taken aback. Also the fact they just cold called me was really not that satisfactory.
Today I rang to see if it was a genuine call..and it was..and apart from being told how much my new payment would be from August..was told I could contest it by text if I wanted to. I was told it was the property not the person that was assessed..but surely using a wheelchair in the home is not property related as such.
I am just wondering if any other councils are now changing their criteria..I have to say this has come as a bit of a blow. And am quite upset by it. How many other people have been put into the same position.
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