Fewer than 979 of those with dementia are claiming a council tax exemption in Barnet, according to data.

According to Barnet Council estimates, the number of people over 65 in Barnet living with dementia will increase by 63 per cent between 2012-2020, meaning a rise from 4,006 to 6,528 people.

But currently only around 979 people with dementia are claiming the council tax exemption or discount they are entitled to.

People with dementia are eligible for an 100 per cent discount on their council tax if they live alone, or 25 per cent if they live with one person who would pay the tax.

Cllr Pauline Coakley Webb said: "Many people living with dementia, or their carers, will not know or be able to find out easily that they are entitled to help with their council tax.

"We really need to be specific about this on the website, and in information given to carers. We should also ensure that GPs are aware of the exemption and discount so we are proactively identifying people who are eligible.

"Dementia is a terrible condition, and those living with it deserve all the support they are entitled to."

Labour councillors are calling on the council to be more proactive in the way they explain these exemptions to residents, so more people can claim the discounts they deserve.

Cllr Sachin Rajput, chairman of adults and safeguarding committee, said: "The welfare of its residents is paramount to the council and we have made significant progress in this area.

"The uptake has increased year-on-year with 583 exemptions and 413 discounts awarded this year and further determinations being made on a regular basis.

He added that the council's call centre team have been given extra training to ensure eligible residents are aware of the discounts, and they have updated the information on the website.

He continued: "In addition to this, the council’s social workers have been given further guidance on this matter, so this can be communicated to relevant service users."