People with a severe mental impairment
If someone who lives with you suffers from a severe mental impairment the person who pays the Council Tax for your home may be entitled to a discount. Where anyone suffering from such impairment lives alone his or her home is exempt.
Also, if you are a student, who lives with an impaired person, or owns a property occupied only by an impaired person, the property is exempt.
For the purpose of Council Tax, the definition is:
A person who has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused) which appears to be permanent.
Someone is considered to be suffering from a severe mental impairment if they are entitled to one of a number of qualifying benefits, and they have a certificate from a doctor confirming their impairment.
- The standard or enhanced rate of daily living component of the personal independence payment
- Incapacity benefit
- Attendance allowance
- Severe disablement allowance
- The care component of a disability living allowance payable either at the highest rate or at the middle rate
- An increase in the rate of disablement pension
- A disability working allowance for which the qualifying benefit is income support, and the applicable amount formerly payable included a disability premium
- An un-employability supplement
- A constant attendance allowance
- Income Support where the applicable amount includes a disability premium
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Should you qualify for one of the above benefits and have a certificate from your doctor confirming the impairment please complete a Council Tax discount form in order to apply.
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