If council tax increases continue at the present rate – a Band D ratepayer will be shelling out a shedload of cash​ in 20 years time.

BUT… people who have been diagnosed with a severe mental impairment, such as dementia, and live with another adult, are entitled to a 25% discount.

20 years on and ‘Your Waverley’s council tax contribution has risen by 89.90%

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Seven years on from the introduction of the council tax freeze scheme in 2010 – a coalition government policy of providing grants to local authorities in England to allow them to freeze Council tax – it appears that the days of inflation-busting increases are back.

Although in 2010-11 there were no council tax increases, and the numbers remained well below their pre-freeze scheme levels in the following years, 306 councils increased council tax in 2016-17, and this year this number has jumped to 331 – well within the usual rate of increases…

But a pensioner who suffers dementia has won back £7,000 after she was wrongly billed for council tax.

The 96-year-old who suffered a stroke in 2008, causing symptoms such as forgetfulness, has received the back-dated rebate. But others suffering from dementia and Alzheimers, if they live alone should be given a 100% discount.

However, tens of thousands of people are missing out because they know nothing about the tax refunds.

In the case of the 96-year-old mentioned, the pensioner’s son learned about the discount at an Alzheimer’s Society seminar at his local GP surgery. He then used the information provided on moneysavingexpert.com to claim £7,000 of back-dated council tax.

WW wonders how many people know about, and claim this discount in the borough of Waverley?

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