Certain people who have severe mental impairments are disregarded for council tax purposes. This means that we bill your household as if you were not living there. If you live alone you will not have to pay council tax.
You will qualify for this disregard if you
- have a permanent and severe learning disability or mental health impairment
- are in receipt of, or entitled to, one of the qualifying benefits below
You need to meet both these criteria to qualify.
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit
- Attendance Allowance
- Severe Disability Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (higher or middle rate care)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP) daily living component
- Disablement Pension for constant attendance at the increased rate
- Disability Working Allowance
- Unemployability Supplement/Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Disabled Person's Tax Credits
- Universal Credit
- Armed Forces Independence Payment
You can also qualify if you're entitled to any of these benefits but you don't receive them due to your age (for example you would qualify for DLA but you're over 65).
This disregard can be awarded for as long as you meet the above criteria and it can be backdated.
How to apply
You can apply for Severely Mentally Impaired discount or exemption online. When you apply you will need to upload a photo or scan of your qualifying benefit, and a supplementary Application for Severely Mental Impaired Discount/Exemption which has been completed and signed by a medical practitioner. Please make sure you have these before you apply.
You can find a supplementary application form below for printing and taking to your Doctor for completion.