There has been a lot in the press recently about people with Parkinson’s getting a reduction in Council Tax, but the facts are slightly different, and although there is a reduction available, it is only for those who are severely affected by their Parkinson’s and fulfil strict criteria.

The first criteria is for those who have dementia caused by the Parkinson’s, and are already in receipt of benefits such as attendance, incapacity or severe disablements allowance. Your GP has to agree that there is a mental impairment, and will be contacted by the council to confirm this.

Another criteria for discounts is when the disability has become so severe that full time care is needed in the home, or when a room had had to be converted to accommodate the disability.

If you would like more information you can ring the council on 01788 533488, or go online at https://www.rugby.gov.uk/info/20011/council_tax/1/council_tax_discounts where you can also find the application forms.

If you are unsure whether you can apply for financial help you can talk to Lisa Turley or your GP.