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 and Support Allowance (this also replaced Incapacity Benefit)
- A Severe Disability Allowance
- An Attendance Allowance
- A Constant Attendance Allowance
- A Disability Working Allowance
- An increase in the rate of Disablement Pension
- Unemployability Supplement
- Pension Credit
- Care Component of a Disability Living Allowance, paid at the middle or highest rate
- Income Support where the applicable amount includes a disability premium
- Standard or enhanced rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
- Universal Credit under part 1 of the Welfare Reform Act which includes an amount for limited capability for work
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.