Middlesbrough residents with dementia, severe memory loss, a learning disability or a chronic mental illness, are being advised of potential Council Tax reductions, with some having nothing to pay at all.
If one adult in a household has one of the above conditions, they could be medically certified as being ‘severely mentally impaired’, with Council Tax bills reducing by 25% or even 100% for those who live alone.
In order to receive the discount, applicants need to get a letter from their doctor to confirm the condition is permanent and confirmation of eligibility for one of the qualifying state benefits such as attendance allowance, severe disablement allowance or employment support allowance.
Cllr Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Governance, said: “It recently occurred to me that there are potentially many people in Middlesbrough who are entitled to Council Tax reductions who are not aware that they may be entitled and so are not claiming them.
“We would advise anyone who believes they may be eligible to visit Middlesbrough Council’s website for more information and to book an appointment with one of our advisors.
“The discounts available can potentially make a big difference to people’s finances.”
If you think that this may apply to you, please call the Council’s Customer Centre on 01642 726006 for further information or to arrange an appointment to meet an adviser.
Discounts are also available to households with a student, people who live alone or where there is a low household income and information can also be found on the Council’s website.