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Council Tax discounts for people with severe mental impairment

Council Tax discounts for people with severe mental impairment

For the purpose of Council Tax a person is disregarded as severely mentally impaired, if he or she suffers from severe mental impairment of intelligence or social functioning which appears to be permanent e.g. Alzheimer’s or other similar illnesses.

The person must be certified by a doctor as severely mentally impaired and entitled to certain benefits.

  • If you live with others, you will still qualify for a discount. If everyone is disregarded i.e. SMI, Student, Carer, a 50 percent discount is awarded
  • If everyone but 1 person in a property is disregarded, a 25 percent discount is awarded
  • If one person occupying property and is severe mentally impaired, a 100 percent discount is awarded
  • If more than 2 people are not disregarded, no discount can be awarded

You are deemed severely mentally impaired if the following apply:

  • You have been certified by a medical practitioner as having an impairment of intelligence and social functioning which is expected to be permanent

You are eligible to receive 1 of the following:

  • Armed forces independence payment
  • Attendance allowance
  • Disability living allowance (care component) at the highest rate or middle rate
  • Disablement pension
  • Constant attendance allowance
  • Employment and support allowance which includes a component element
  • Income support
  • Personal independence payment
  • Severe disablement allowance
  • Universal credit which includes a limited capability element
  • Un-employability supplement under the war pensions scheme
  • Un-employability supplement

You will need to supply proof of receipt or entitlement to any qualifying benefit.

Evidence required

You will need to send us the following documents so that we can verify your application: 

  • A doctor's certificate which must be signed and stamped by the person’s doctor confirming that the condition is permanent
  • A letter confirming you receive 1 of the eligible benefits

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