Severe Mental Impairment


Severe Mental Impairment

When is an exemption possible?

We may apply an exemption if everyone living in the property is severely mentally impaired and is responsible for paying council tax. An exemption means that no-one has to pay the Council Tax for that property.

When is a discount possible?

Council Tax is normally charged on the assumption that two or more people aged 18 or over live in a property.

If there is only one adult living there, they can apply for a single person's discount of 25%. However, if anyone aged 18 or over is severely mentally impaired and without them there is only one adult living in the property, you may apply for the same 25% discount.

What does severely mentally impaired mean?

'Severely mentally impaired' means a person who has severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused), which appears to be permanent. They should also be entitled to one of the benefits listed below:

  • Incapacity Benefit Higher Rate or Employment Support Allowance;
  • Severe Disablement Allowance or Invalidity Pension;
  • Unemployability Supplement or Allowance;
  • Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance;
  • An increase in the rate of Disablement Pension;
  • Higher or middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance;
  • Income Support (which includes a disability premium) or,
  • Standard or enhanced daily living component of Personal Independence Payment.

How do I apply?

Please print out the form below and ensure that the bottom section is completed and signed by a registered medical practitioner. We also require evidence that this person receives one of the above mentioned benefits/ pensions. Please send this evidence in with the application form. We accept photocopies.

pdf icon Severely Mentally Impaired Disregard Form [424kb]

What happens if I qualify?

We will send you an adjusted bill showing the appropriate reduction within 10 working days of receipt of your documents.

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