Severely Mentally Impaired

To qualify for this discount, a person must be certified by their doctor to be severely mentally impaired. Some people, who are severely disabled, can be disregarded when counting the number of residents in a property.

If all residents are disregarded as severely mentally impaired then the property is exempt and no council tax is due. This applies only if they are liable for the council tax bill. Please refer to the Exemptions Page.

Who can qualify for a discount?
To qualify for this discount, a person must be certified by their doctor to be severely mentally impaired on the grounds that they have "severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning, which appears to be permanent" and the person must be in receipt of one of the following state benefits: -

  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance (middle or high care component)
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Disablement Pension Increment (due to constant attendance needs)
  • Disability Working Allowance
  • Unemployability Supplement or Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Income Support (which includes Disablement Premium)

Proof required
The following information is required:

  • a statement confirming your relationship to the disabled person
  • authority from you to contact their doctor
  • their doctor's name and address
  • photocopies of the front cover and first page of their relevant social security benefit book

How do I apply for the reduction?
To apply for the disregard please write to us with the proof detailed above.