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:

  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Disabled Person's Tax Credit
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Universal Credit (Limited Capability for Work or for Work Related Activity)
  • Armed Forces Independence payment
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Unemployability Allowance or Supplement
  • Income Support including a Disability Premium
  • Constant Attendance increase in Disablement Pension
  • Higher or middle rate of care component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Daily Living Component

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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