Blind residents win legal battle over council tax

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Thirty-seven blind and partially-sighted care home residents have won a two-year legal battle with their local council over council tax. Residents at Kathleen Chambers House, Burnham-on-Sea, who are mostly in their 80s and 90s, were shocked when they received council tax bills of £1,266 each after falling victim to two conflicting pieces of legislation. Residents received the bills after accommodation and facilities at Kathleen Chambers House, which is owned and operated by the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB), were re-assessed by the local council. The council concluded that because residents¹ rooms contained a cooker, sink and separate bathroom, they could be classified as individual dwellings and occupants should therefore be liable to pay council tax. However accommodation at the care home had only been upgraded in 1996 with ensuite bathrooms and private facilities to ensure the RNIB complied with the recommendations of the 1991 Social Services Inspectorate report on the care home and the r

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