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On my recent forays into the copd jungle, I came across a few items posted by LTOT users that I felt may be of use to others. As I am not yet in that position myself it may be that I am 'teaching grandmother to suck eggs', all the same, there may be folks for who the following is of use.
If you are on LTOT and have your equipment stored in a spare bedroom eg your noisy oxygen concentrator, tanks and equipment etc you are entitled to a reduction in council tax charges. You should be taxed at one band lower than your current one, or if you are currently taxed at the lowest band they will still reduce it further. Some councils will also backdate claims to when you first had oxygen installed so it is worth trying for that too, (they're not going to tell you unless you ask and the worse they can do is say no. I think minor details vary from council to council). Remember, the qualifying factor is that the room is used for storing your equipment and therefore it is not suitable for use as a bedroom any more. You can't claim if you have stored it in a bathroom /hallway etc. I think you have to fill in a form, and they do send someone just to look in the room and verify that you do indeed store either oxygen or its equipment ie concentrator in there, and thats pretty much it from what I can gather.
If anyone has done this or has more info on this or anything similar, please do comment as we all need both knowledge and encouragement in these things. Don't just assume that because you know of or are benefiting from something, then everybody else does too. These things are not usually advertised, and contrary to public opinion, most benefits and entitlements are grossly underclaimed.
While this info is currently of no use for me as I am not on oxygen, I do hope it is of benefit to someone. Vanessa
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