This is a reduction in your council tax bill because someone aged 18 or over who lives with you has a mental health condition and is not counted for council tax purposes. The council tax rules say they must be 'severely mentally impaired', - this includes people who have been diagnosed as suffering with severe and permanent mental health issues. Their condition must be confirmed by a doctor and there is no charge from the medical practitioner.
The person who has a mental health condition must also be entitled to one of these benefits:
- Employment Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit
- A Severe Disability Allowance
- An Unemployability Supplement
- An Unemployability Allowance
- An Attendance Allowance
- A Constant Attendance Allowance
- A Disability Working Allowance
- An increase in the rate of Disablement Pension
- Care Component of a Disability Living Allowance, paid at the middle or highest rate
- Income Support where the applicable amount includes a disability premium
Please send proof of the benefit entitlement, we are unable to process your application without this.
A separate form is required for each severely mentally impaired person.
Please download the Council tax severe mental impairment discount/exemption application form, complete and send in with proofs.