Thursday 16 June 2022
Petition presented to the House on 15 June 2022 but not read on the Floor
Council tax discounts for dementia
The petition of residents of the United Kingdom,
Declares that there are over 600,000 people with dementia who receive care at home; further that people with dementia are only disregarded for council tax if they have a medical certificate and are in receipt of certain benefits; further that this means that many people with dementia have to wait months or years to qualify for council tax discounts after they have been diagnosed; and further that, if council tax disregards were backdated to the date a person was certified as being severely mentally impaired, people with dementia could receive additional council tax discounts for longer periods and potentially save thousands of pounds.
The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to require that council tax disregards are backdated to the date a person was certified as being severely mentally impaired, where they then go on to qualify for a relevant benefit.
And the petitioners remain, etc.]