Council Tax Discount for ‘Severe Mental Impairment’
10th January 2018
- Council Tax Discount for ‘Severe Mental Impairment’
By law, someone who has been medically certified as having a permanent condition that affects their intelligence and social functioning is ‘disregarded for council tax purposes’ in England, Scotland and Wales.
It means you can claim:
- A 25% discount – if you live with someone with a severe mental impairment and no other adults, or only adults who have also been disregarded for council tax purposes.
- A 100% discount – if you have a severe mental impairment and live alone.
Both of the following must apply for someone to qualify for a severe mental impairment (SMI) council tax discount:
The process for making a claim varies by area, so you’ll need to check your local authority’s procedure. Generally:
- First, you’ll need a doctor’s diagnosis. A registered medical practitioner must have diagnosed a condition causing severe mental impairment. In some cases you’ll need to attach a written diagnosis to your claim – in others you just give your doctor’s details and they’ll be contacted for confirmation.
- Then get a claim form from your council. You’ll need to contact your local authority for a claim form to register for a council tax discount (find contact details via the Government’s ‘Apply for Council Tax Reduction’ service).
- Fill the form in and send it off to your council. You may be asked to attach some supporting evidence, such as the doctor’s diagnosis or evidence of eligibility for relevant benefits.
For more please see the Money Saving Expert Website: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/reclaim/2017/09/due-a-council-tax-discount-for-severe-mental-impairment-heres-how-to-claim