FOI Request - Council Tax Information

Request 101001331965

1.  In each of the past three years from January to December (or April to March, depending on how you record the information) how many households paid council tax to your local authority?

2.  In each of the past three years from January to December (or April to March, depending on how you record the information), how many households claimed a 25% council tax reduction due to one occupant being medically certified as ‘severely mentally impaired’?

3.  In each of the past three years from January to December (or April to March, depending on how you record the information), how many households didn’t pay any council tax at all due to the sole occupant being medically certified as ‘severely mentally impaired’?

4.   How many pages long is the form for applying for a 25% council tax reduction due to a ‘severe mental impairment’?

5.    How many pages long is the form for applying for a council tax exemption due to a ‘severe mental impairment’?

6.   What supporting evidence/information, other than a diagnosis from a registered medical practitioner and proof of eligibility for one of a list of certain benefits – do applicants have to provide in order to claim the 25% council tax reduction for a ‘severe mental impairment’?

Response 04-11-2016

1. We do not maintain any records of households. However we can advise that the Council Tax register is made up of a list of properties eligible to pay Council Tax, of which there are 44532 as at 3rd November 2016.

2.  As at 31st March 2016 162 cases were recorded. This figure represents a snapshot at the end of the financial year.

As the process of awarding relief is constantly changing we do not hold backdated records. In accordance with section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 we are therefore unable to provide information for 2014 or 2015.

3.  As at 31st March 2016 317 cases were recorded. This figure represents a snapshot at the end of the financial year.

As the process of awarding relief is constantly changing we do not hold backdated records. In accordance with section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 we are therefore unable to provide information for 2014 or 2015.

4.   and 5.  Are covered in the same 2 page form

6.    None

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