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Discounts and exemptions

Severely mentally impaired

A person who is severely mentally impaired can be 'disregarded' or if they live alone, exempt. Disregarded means they would not be liable and not factored into Council Tax billing.

For example, if two residents share a property and one is severely mentally impaired, we would only count one person as liable, and they would be able to claim a 25% reduction.

If there are three residents and one is severely mentally impaired there is no discount.

If all residents are severely mentally impaired there is a 50% reduction if the property owner is liable, or exemption if the residents are liable.

To qualify, a doctor must confirm that in their medical opinion you are severely mentally impaired. For example, you suffer from dementia.

In addition you must be entitled to at least one of the following:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Care Component of Disability Living Allowance (middle or higher rate)
  • An increase in the rate of Disablement Pension, where constant attendance is needed.
  • Disabled persons Tax Credit
  • Unemployability Supplement
  • constant Attendance Allowance
  • Unemployability Allowance
  • Income Support that includes a disability premium
  • Incapacity Benefit (long-term)
  • the daily living component of the Personal Independence Payment
  • Employment Support Allowance

Please note: you will also need to get a signed doctors certificate to confirm diagnosis. You can save a copy of our Severe Mental Impairment Doctors Certificate (Word, 52KB) and have your doctor sign it.