Severely Mentally Impaired

If an adult is severely mentally impaired, there may be an entitlement to one of the following discounts or exemptions.

  • If a severely mentally impaired adult lives alone in the property, exemption may apply.
  • If all adults in the property are severely mentally impaired, exemption may apply.
  • If all adults in the property are either severely mentally impaired or may be disregarded for the purposes of discount, 50% discount may apply.
  • If all but one adult in the household is severely mentally impaired, 25% discount may apply.

To qualify for discount or exemption both of the following conditions must be met:

The severely mentally impaired person’s doctor must sign a declaration confirming that the applicant’s illness conforms with the statutory definition of severe mental impairment stated within Council Tax legislation.

The applicant must also be in receipt of one of following benefits:

  • Adult Disability Payment (Standard or enhanced rate daily living component)* 
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Child Disability Payment (middle or higher care component)*
  • Constant Attendance Allowance paid with a War Pension
  • Disability Living Allowance (middle or higher care component)
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit (Short or Long term)
  • Income Support (which includes a disability premium)
  • Increase in Disablement Pension (due to constant care being needed)
  • Personal Independence Payment (daily living component)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Unemployability Supplement or Allowance paid with a War Pension
  • Universal Credit (in circumstances where a person has limited capability for work and/or work related activity)
  • Working Tax Credits that includes a disability element

* Or short-term assistance paid in lieu of Child Disability Payment / Adult Disability Payment

If there is no entitlement to one of these benefits there can be no entitlement to discount or exemption.

Severely Mentally Impaired Application Form (pdf)

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