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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Council Tax Discount - Members Of Religious Communities (monks and nuns)

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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.

The effect of disregarding certain adults may be to reduce the council tax bill by 25% or 50%.

Example 4 adults residing in a property,

(i) One person in disregarded category ----100% charge as there are still more that two adults to be counted.

(ii) Two persons in disregarded category ----100% charge there are still two adults to be counted.

(iii) Three persons in disregarded category----75% charge as only one person is to be counted.

(iv) Four persons in disregarded category---- 50% charge as there are no adults to be counted.

Below are answers to some religious questions about who should be disregarded, under this category, for
the purpose of assessing council tax discount.

Q, What does the term "Religious Community" cover?
A, Any community whose principal occupation is prayer, relief of suffering, contemplation, education, or
any combination of the above.

Q, What defines a person as being a member of a religious community?
A,That person must depend on the community concerned for his/her material needs.

Q, Can a member of a religious community have any private income?
A, Generally, no. However, if any pension from a former employer is received then the person may still be
disregarded.

Q, Why do savings have to be declared?
A, If a person has any capital, or interest in any property, then that person cannot be disregarded for
discount purposes.

Q, How is application made?
A, Complete all parts of the form overleaf. Once it has been assessed you will be notified of the
councils decision.

Q, For how long will the discount be allowed?
A, For as long as there are less than two adults in the property who are not disregarded. If there is any
change in the circumstances then you must notify the address shown overleaf. Failure to do so may result
in a penalty being imposed.

Q, Why do savings have to be declared?
A, If a person has any capital, or interest in any property, then that person cannot be disregarded for
discount purposes.

Q, How is application made?
A, Complete all parts of the form overleaf. Once it has been assessed you will be notified of the
councils decision.

Q, For how long will the discount be allowed?
A, For as long as there are less than two adults in the property who are not disregarded. If there is any
change in the circumstances then you must notify the address shown overleaf. Failure to do so may result
in a penalty being imposed.

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