DO NOT DELAY IN CLAIMING COUCIL TAX BENEFIT IF IN DOUBT APPLY FOR

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					5.COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT

Anyone who has to pay Council Tax and lives in the property                Harborough District Council
can claim for Council Tax Benefit.                                            Adam & Eve Street
You can claim whether you are working, unemployed, retired,                   Market Harborough
receiving Income Support or any other Benefits from the
                                                                                 Leicestershire
Department of Works and Pensions.
Claims can be made with the income details of the liable                          LE16 7AG
person(s) and/or in certain special cases the income details of
the other adults in the property.
The amount of Benefit granted will depend on your                                                                       HARBOROUGH DISTRICT COUNCIL
                                                                             www.harborough.gov.uk
Income/Capital details, your personal circumstances, any other
adults in the property and the amount of Council Tax you are
liable to pay.
                                                                               Tel : (01858) 828282
                                                                               Fax : (01858) 821240                             COUNCIL TAX
A more detailed leaflet is available from the Benefits Section.                                                                  2009 / 2010


                                                                  Email : customer.services@harborough.gov.uk
For further information on Item 5
or for an application form                                                     Text : 07797 878282
please contact
The Benefits Section
Tel No:01858 821114 / 821115                                                    We are open :                                  INFORMATION ON
(direct line)                                                         8.45am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday              HOW TO REDUCE YOUR COUNCIL TAX BILL
                                                                     Except Wednesday 9.30 am to 4.45 pm
DO NOT DELAY IN CLAIMING
COUCIL TAX BENEFIT                                                In addition the Customer Services Point at the
IF IN DOUBT APPLY FOR                                                  Market Harborough Offices is open
BENEFIT NOW                                                                9.30am to 12.30pm Saturday


                                                                  The offices will be closed on the following Bank
                                                                                    Holiday dates:

                                                                                10th & 13th April 2009
                                                                                 4th & 25th May 2009
                                                                                       31st August 2009
                                                                             th   th
                                                                           24 ,25 & 28th December 2009
                                                                                        1st January 2010
Important Note:
The following notes are a general guide to Council                  2 . EXEMPTIONS                                                        COUNCIL TAX BILLING AND GRANNY ANNEXES
Tax/Benefit legislation. They should not be regarded
                                                                    In addition some properties are exempt from                           The Government has announced that where an annexe or similar
as a definitive interpretation of every aspect of the                                                                                     self-contained part of a property is occupied by an elderly or
Law. Further information / clarification can be                     Council Tax. In general terms exemptions apply to :-
                                                                    (1) Vacant dwellings which                                            disabled relative of the residents living in the rest of it, then it
obtained from the relevant Section as shown.                        - require or are undergoing major repair works to render them         should not be regarded as a separate dwelling for council tax
                                                                    habitable or are undergoing structural alteration which have not      purposes. This came into force on 1 April 1997. If you think you
Council Tax Bills can be reduced in a number of ways:-                                                                                    will be affected please contact the Council Tax Section on:-
                                                                    been substantially completed (exempt for up to 12 months) (A)
                                                                    - are owned by a charity (exempt for up to six months) (B)            01858 821125
1. DISCOUNTS
                                                                    - are unfurnished (exempt for up to six months) (C)
The personal element of the Council Tax is based on the             - are left empty by someone who has gone into prison (D) or who       3.DISABILITY RELIEF
assumption that at least two adults aged 18 or over are resident    has moved to receive personal care in a hospital, care home,
in the dwelling. Discount may be granted where there is only        hostel etc.(E)                                                        If you , or someone who lives with you, need an extra room
one adult resident. In these cases a discount of 25% of the total   -are waiting for probate or letters of administration to be granted   (which could include an extra bathroom or kitchen)or extra space
bill can be granted. If the dwelling is no -ones main home the      (and for up to six months after) (F)                                  in your property for a wheelchair because of a disability you may
bill will be reduced by 50% for long term empty properties and      -are empty because their occupation is forbidden by Law (G)           be entitled to a reduced Council Tax Bill. This reduction would
by 10% for second homes / furnished properties.                     -are waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion (H)             take the form of calculating your bill as if the property had been
Certain people will not be. counted when looking at the number      -are left empty by someone who is receiving care elsewhere (I)        placed in the band immediately below the one shown in the
of adults in a dwelling if they meet certain conditions ie.:-       - are left empty by someone who has moved in order to provide         banding list. People living in properties in Band A can now
* 18 or 19 year olds who are at or have just left school.           care to another person (J)                                            qualify for this reduction.
* Full time students, student nurses, apprentices or Youth          -are owned by a student (K)
   Training trainees.                                               -have been repossessed (L)                                            4. BANDING REDUCTION
* People who are severely mentally impaired.                        -are the responsibility of a bankrupt’s trustee (Q)
* Patients resident in hospital.                                    - are “granny annexes” or similar type properties (T)                 If you have any queries about your Valuation Band you should
* People looked after in a care home.                                                                                                     contact the District Valuation Officer, Enkalon House, 92,
* People caring for someone with a disability who is                (2) Occupied dwellings which                                          Regent Road, Leicester LE1 7DD tel:0116 2800200
    not a spouse, partner or child under 18.                        - are halls of residence for students (M)                             (not the Council) to find out about your appeal rights.
* Care Workers working for low pay , (usually for                   -are occupied only by students (N)                                    A person who becomes a taxpayer in respect of a dwelling and
    charities).                                                     - are owned by the Ministry of Defence (O)                            has not previously been the taxpayer in respect of that dwelling
* People staying in certain hostels or night shelters.              -are occupied by visiting armed forces (P)                            may make a proposal for an alteration to the valuation list. Any
* Members of a religious community (Monks or Nuns)                  -are occupied only by persons under 18 (S)                            such proposal must be made within 6 months of the person
* People who are in prison (except those in prison for              -are occupied only by persons who are severely mentally               becoming the taxpayer
    non payment of Council Tax or fines)                            impaired (U)
* Members of visiting Forces and certain                            More information is available from THE COUNCIL
    International Institutions.                                     TAX SECTION                                                           For Further Information on Items 1-4
If you think you may be entitled to a discount you should
                                                                                                                                          Please Contact The Council Tax Section
contact the Council. (Temporary absences owing to holiday or
work will not normally result in discount entitlement).                                                                                   Tel:01858 821125 (direct line)

				
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