Application of Job Related Accommodation Council Tax Discount for members of HM Forces

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Dear Torfaen Council,

In line with the reference material listed below: If Service Personnel’s sole/main residence in Wales is left empty due to Service-related reasons, then they should be eligible for a council tax discount of 50% on that home for the duration it remains unoccupied. However, in order to qualify for that discount, they must demonstrate that their current home is job related, by meeting at least one of the criteria set out within the regulations approved by Parliament.

These regulations state that a dwelling is job-related for a person if it is provided for them by reason of their employment.

The FOI Queries:

1. Does your authority honour the Job Related Accommodation Discount (currently 50%) for single or married service personnel who, due to their employment, live in Ministry of Defence provided accommodation but have an unoccupied and furnished property in your CT area?

2. If the answer is no to the above question, in either full or part, what are your authority’s guidance/policy documents covering the area of Job Related Accommodation Discount for serving military personnel?

3. Sole or Main Residence: With the application of Job Related Accommodation Discount, in regards to serving members of HM Forces, how does your authority categorise accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence? e.g as the sole of main residence, rendering their own property as a second home.

4. How many properties currently receive the 50% Job Related Accommodation Discount to members of HM Forces in your area?

5. What proof of employment does your authority require for those applying for the Job Related Accommodation Discount?

Reference:

Welsh Statutory Instrument 2010 No. 612 (W.58) Council Tax Wales: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi/2010/6...

House of Commons Briefing Paper, November 2018: http://researchbriefings.files.parliamen...

Yours faithfully,

S Griffiths

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Dear Mr Griffiths

 

Further to your e-mail below, requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, I am now in a position to respond to your questions
as follows:

 

In line with the reference material listed below: If Service Personnel’s
sole/main residence in Wales is left empty due to Service-related reasons,
then they should be eligible for a council tax discount of 50% on that
home for the duration it remains unoccupied. However, in order to qualify
for that discount, they must demonstrate that their current home is job
related, by meeting at least one of the criteria set out within the
regulations approved by Parliament.

 

These regulations state that a dwelling is job-related for a person if it
is provided for them by reason of their employment.

 

The FOI Queries:

 

1.         Does your authority honour the Job Related Accommodation
Discount (currently 50%) for single or married service personnel who, due
to their employment, live in Ministry of Defence provided accommodation
but have an unoccupied and furnished property in your CT area? - Yes

 

2.         If the answer is no to the above question, in either full or
part, what are your authority’s guidance/policy documents covering the
area of Job Related Accommodation Discount for serving military personnel?

 

3.         Sole or Main Residence:  With the application of Job Related
Accommodation Discount, in regards to serving members of HM Forces, how
does your authority categorise accommodation provided by the Ministry of
Defence? e.g as the sole of main residence, rendering their own property
as a second home – The property in our area is classed as a second home

 

4.         How many properties currently receive the 50% Job Related
Accommodation Discount to members of HM Forces in your area? - 4

 

5.         What proof of employment does your authority require for those
applying for the Job Related Accommodation Discount? – letter from
employer on official  letterhead

 

Reference:

 

Welsh Statutory Instrument 2010 No. 612 (W.58) Council Tax Wales:
[3]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/wsi/2010/6...

House of Commons Briefing Paper, November 2018:
[4]http://researchbriefings.files.parliamen...

 

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Lisa Coles

Senior Business Support Officer (Complaints/FOI) / Uwch Swyddog Cymorth
Busnes (Cwynion/Rhyddid Gwybodaeth)

Chief Executive’s Service / Gwasanaeth Y Prif Weithredwr

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