Issue 17 January 2020

Matters

Who is exempt from council tax?

Council Tax billEvery home in the UK is placed into a council tax band by the Government's Valuation Office. All properties are banded on the same basis, including properties bought under discount schemes, such as Right to Buy.

However, in some cases residents are exempt from paying the bill. This generally depends on who lives in the property or how it is being used.

Properties are exempt if all the people living in them are:-

- full-time students or people aged under 18
- members of the armed forces in armed forces accommodation
- people who have moved into a care home or hospital, people living with somebody else to receive care for reasons of old age, disability, illness, past or present alcohol or drug dependence or past or present mental disorder
- people with severe mental impairment

Even if you do not qualify for an exemption you may still qualify for a 25% or 50% discount if any of the people living with you are in one of these categories. For more information visit www.midsussex.gov.uk/revsandbens/council-tax/council-tax-discounts/ 

If in doubt please apply to our Revenues Service at revenue@midsussex.gov.uk or by telephone to 01444 477564.

Also, if you are struggling to pay your Council Tax, please come and talk to us.

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West Sussex County Council is reminding residents that they need to take ID with them when they visit a West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS).

The new system is designed to save West Sussex taxpayers £250,000 per year by ensuring the sites are only used by those who pay for them.

Householders will need to prove they live within West Sussex by showing a form of ID such as a drivers licence or council tax bill.

The scheme has been introduced due to the high number of people travelling across county boundaries to recycle and dispose of their waste. This has a significant impact on waste disposal costs which ultimately fall to the West Sussex taxpayer.

Surveys have shown that an average of one in ten people using HWRSs closest to the county borders live outside of West Sussex.

At East Grinstead, this can increase to as many as one in five people. Residents in certain areas of Surrey will be able to continue using the East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Site, following an agreement between Surrey and West Sussex County Councils. All other sites in West Sussex are restricted to West Sussex residents only.

Further details about the changes can be found when visiting HWRSs and at www.recycleforwestsussex.org/