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Council tax exemption

pee14pee14 Member Posts: 97 Courageous
edited January 8 in Disabled people
Hi does anyone know about council tax exemption,  how long in takes ? Do they back date payments ect , if any replies would be appreciated.
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,013 Pioneering
    Hi @pee14

    How are you? 

    Council Tax Reduction can be back dated yes, you need to ensure you tell your local authority what date you want it back dating to when you apply. Find more information here about backdating CTR.

    When you ask how long it takes, do you mean how long it will be before you're paid? This will vary, and won't be helped by the current lockdown situation, everything has slowed.
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,212 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    Council tax reduction and council tax exemption are 2 completely different things. Council tax exemption can be backdated to when you qualified but council tax reduction has backdating limits but what those limits are will depend on your local councils rules. All local councils have their own criteria so i'd advise you to have a look at their website.

    It can take 2-8 weeks but sometimes longer for a decision to be made for this.
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,013 Pioneering
    I hope the advice above from @poppy123456 has been helpful for you @pee14

    Thanks Poppy, I need to get better at learning to remember what a screen reader says, for some reason I had 'reduction' in my mind rather than 'exemption' :D Sorry about that @pee14 :) 
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,212 Disability Gamechanger
    @Ross_Scope you're welcome. No worries, we all get confused by the different terms.  :D Benefits are a complete nightmare to understand and it took me a very long time to learn what i know.
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  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,013 Pioneering
    @Ross_Scope you're welcome. No worries, we all get confused by the different terms.  :D Benefits are a complete nightmare to understand and it took me a very long time to learn what i know.
    @poppy123456, even having had experience of the system it baffles me fairly often :) If I can have half as much knowledge one day as you do, I'll consider myself very wise on the topic.

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  • pee14pee14 Member Posts: 97 Courageous
    @Ross_Scope
    @poppy123456
    Thankyou both of you for your replies, yes I meant exemption, they have proof of high care sent in from 2014 and my mums doctor has emailed their form of severe impairment doctors certificate this morning . So hopefully won't take long then . Thankyou.
  • pee14pee14 Member Posts: 97 Courageous
    @poppy123456
    @Ross_Scope
    Thanks to Martin lewis we wouldn't have known about this .
  • lisathomas50lisathomas50 Member Posts: 1,393 Pioneering
    It gets confusing becsuse if you live in Wales its different to get exemption here you have to be on full universal credit or another qualifying benefit even when I only worked 16 hours and had universal credit I still had to pay council tax 
  • pee14pee14 Member Posts: 97 Courageous
    @lisathomas50
    Yes my mum had to be on dla or pip highest care and live alone.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,212 Disability Gamechanger
    I think you're trying to claim for the severe mental imapirment disregard here, which is available nationally but i do know it's not an easy disregard to have backdated.
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  • pee14pee14 Member Posts: 97 Courageous
    @poppy123456
    Yes thats the one , they have now said it could be backdated 6 years @nd thats why she had to prove her dla back then, to 6 years.im not sure what you mean by its not an easy disregard to have backdated , will she need to prove anything else? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,212 Disability Gamechanger
    It can sometimes be difficult with this disregard and some local councils really dig their heals in.  Hopefully this won't be the case for her especially if she was claiming a qualifying benefit all that time.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • pee14pee14 Member Posts: 97 Courageous
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