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Prisoners/Detainees

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The full council tax bill assumes that there are 2 adults residing in a dwelling. However, for council tax purposes certain people will not be counted when looking at the number of adults.


Why is the length of the period of detention relevant?

If the period of detention is relatively short (e.g. under 12 months) the person is likely to be disregarded for discount purposes. Whereas if the period of detention is longer the council may consider that the person's place of residence has changed. Although the amount of any discount given would be the same, the council's records must show the correct details
 

Is it only people in prison who can be disregarded?

No. Anyone who is detained under any of the situations detailed below can be disregarded for Council Tax discount purposes;

  • detained in prison, hospital or other place by order of a Court
  • detained pending deportation under the Immigration Act 1971
  • detained under relevant parts of the Mental Health Act 1983
  • detained or imprisoned under the relevant Armed Forces Legislation

But: Those serving sentences for non-payment of fines and for non-payment of Council Tax will not be disregarded.
 

Do I have to provide evidence of the period of detention?

No. We will contact the place of detention direct in order to verify information.
 

How do I apply?

Complete this Council Tax Discount Form(0.29MB) Once it has been assessed you will be notified of our decision.
 

For how long will the discount be allowed?

For as long as there are less than two adults in the property who are not disregarded. If there is any change in circumstances then you must notify us. Failure to do so may result in a penalty being imposed.
 

Who to contact

If you live in Ashton or Mossley:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2015 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Ashton/Mossley Council Tax Team

If you live in Denton or Dukinfield:
Telephone Number 0161342 2099 Fax Number 0161 342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Denton/Dukinfield Council Tax Team

If you live in Audenshaw, Hyde or Longdendale:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2065 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Audenshaw/Hyde/Longdendale Council Tax Team

If you live in Droylsden or Stalybridge:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2080 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Droylsden/Stalybridge Council Tax Team

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