Severe Mental Impairment discount

Your Council Tax bill may be reduced if an adult who has been diagnosed as being severely mentally impaired lives at the property. Severe mental impairment means a permanent condition which severely affects intellectual or social functioning.

Who is eligible?

Eligibility depends on both of the following criteria being met.

Certified as severely mentally impaired

A doctor, a GP, a consultant or another medically qualified person should confirm severe mental impairment under the following definition:

"....a person is severely mentally impaired if he or she has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused) which appears to be permanent."

The underlying cause could be a condition such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, severe learning difficulties, a stroke or some similar severe mental health condition. However eligibility for the discount depends on a doctor's certification rather than having being diagnosed with any specific condition.

Receiving, or being entitled to, a qualifying benefit

Receive one of the following disability related benefits, or be entitled to them even if you are not getting any money:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Constant Attendance Allowance - under the Industrial Injuries or War Pension schemes
  • Disability Living Allowance - the care component at the highest or middle rate
  • Disability Pension - at the increased rate where attendance is needed
  • Disability Working Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Personal Independence Payment - daily living component at the standard or enhanced rate
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Unemployability Supplement/Allowance
  • Universal Credit - the 'limited capability for work' or 'the limited capability for work related elements'

How much discount could I receive?

It depends on who else lives in the property and their circumstances. If another person qualifies for a different type of discount, you may also receive a reduction or exemption too. Find out what other types of discounts are available at our discounts and exemptions webpages.

Severe mental impairment discounts
Household circumstancesCouncil Tax reduction
All adults resident are classed as severely mentally impaired100% exemption
Two or more adults resident, all of them qualify for a discount, but only one is classed as being severely mentally impaired50% discount or 100% exemption depending on the discount types
Two adults resident and one of them is classed as severely mentally impaired25% discount
Three adults resident and two of them qualify for Council Tax discounts, either due to severe mental impairment or any other type of discount25% discount
Three or more adults resident and only one of them qualifies for a Council Tax discount such as severe mental impairmentno discount


How to apply

The person who is liable for Council Tax, or someone on their behalf, should complete the form below.

We will need to see proof of the qualifying benefit, which should be uploaded with the form. This can be a copy of a recent notification letter from whoever pays the benefit or another form of proof such as a letter or email from the Department for Work and Pensions stating that you receive or are entitled to receive the qualifying benefit.

The form asks you to provide your doctor's name and address and your permission to allow us to contact them on your behalf. We will only use this information in relation to this Council Tax discount.

If more than one severely mentally impaired person is resident we will need an application for each person.

If you are unable to complete the form, or are unable to upload proof of a qualifying benefit, please contact us.

Apply for Council Tax Severe Mental Impairment discount

What happens next?

We aim to process your application within 20 working days of receipt of your application subject to receipt of the medical certificate from your GP or doctor. If you haven't heard back from us within 20 working days of submitting your form, please check with your doctor to make sure they have returned the certificate to us before contacting us to chase up your application. 

If you qualify for a discount we will send you a revised Council Tax bill. If you are unsuccessful, we will tell you why we have not awarded the discount.