Sometimes, as a care professional you can think you've seen and heard it all. Sometimes, people surprise you by telling you something you should have known all along. So it was a little while ago. I was giving a presentation entitled 'Finding and Funding Care for a Loved One, Relative or Friend' and we got to the questions at the end. One lady said "this is not so much a question, rather a point. Did you know that you can get a discount on the council tax of someone living with dementia? I've just applied to my local authority and I managed to secure a 25% reduction in my father's council tax bill because he has dementia".
My interest was piqued. I vowed to go away and do my research. What I discovered was that this appears to be true. For someone living with severe mental impairment, validated by their GP, the discount is applicable. Now's the time of year when those Council tax bills are landing on our doormats and it seems that many people are missing out on this non-means tested tax reduction. The Alzheimer's Society has a good guide here which explains the scope of the rebate scheme which also benefits carers, too. The member of my audience said that the process was very straightforward and all you need to do is to contact your local authority's Council tax department and they will send you the correct form to complete. I am also told that they should backdate any rebate to the date of diagnosis.
Please share this widely to those who might benefit from it.