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    Can anyone offer advice on what discounts/exemptions are available in the following situation;

    Sole occupier lives alone. She is admitted to Hospital, where she will be discharged to a nursing home for respite care outside of LA district. Whe she is well enough she will then move to a warden aided flat. Her house is on the market to be sold and she does not have an intention to return to the property as it is unsuitable for her needs.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks, Neil


    You’ve got a couple of options I reckon.

    Firstly I would say that you could comfortably say that it is no longer her main residence regardless of whether or not it remains furnished.

    If it is unfurnished you could allow a Class C exemption for the first six months.

    After the six months, or if it remains furnished, you could consider a discount (up to 100%) under your powers from S13A LGFA 1992 (inserted by S76 LGA2003).

    You could consider exemption Class E while she is in hospital if you consider that to be her main home (see above!).

    When she moves into the warden aided flat you could consider Class I exemption depending on what care she is going to need. She will have been a relevant absentee as she will have been in a hospital, nursing home etc in the intervening period.

    Hope that helps

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