Mental health condition

If someone aged 18 or over lives with you and has a mental health condition, they may not be counted for council tax purposes.

If all residents are eligible, the property will be exempt (no council tax payable). If only one resident is not eligible and is not otherwise disregarded a 25% discount will apply. If two are more residents are not eligible and are not otherwise disregarded no reduction would apply.

Who is eligible?

The council tax rules say the person 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. Doctors will not charge for this.

The person who has a mental health condition must also receive 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

How to apply

Complete the form and send to us with 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.

Council tax severe mental impairment discount/exemption application form


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