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my dad was in a residential care home but became ill, he went into hospital on 7th feb [2019] and while he was there he has become too ill for his current care home to look after him when he is ready to come out of hospital


his care home ended his contract on 2nd march


he is still in hospital


somebody from social services and ageuk is helping me find a place at a nursing home, he is ready to go there but places arent readily available


so in the meantime, what does he need to do regarding his council tax? I assume his last care home dealt with that? perhaps he had a benefit for it, certainly nothing goes out from his bank to them


anyway, if anyone knows what I need to arrange, please let me know



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home My mother went through a similar experience: moving out of her own home into a care home, then her health worsened and she went to hospital. The care could no longer meet her needs so we had to find her a nursing home before she could be discharged from hospital. Neither the care home nor the nursing home charged her council tax. AFAIK residents of care and nursing homes are not personally liable for council tax so there is nothing you need to do.


Residential care/nursing homes are one of the special cases where the owner not the resident is responsible for paying the council tax. The owner of a care/nursing home pays the council tax but that will be part of the overhead expanse of running the home. Residents don't pay it directly so you don't need to contact the council.


I assume that is the situation your dad is in? If he also owns his own home then that's a different matter.

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As Ethel said, we need some more information. But my mother went into a nursing home and the council didn't expect her to pay council tax on the house she owned.


Which council are you talking about please?



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hello and thanks for the replies


I eventually got through to the council [stockport] and they have confirmed that he isnt eligible to pay council tax because...


A. he has not got a property, nor does he rent one

B. he is in the care system


so that will do me, I just didnt want him racking up a big bill while he was in hospital

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