Council tax discounts and exemptions for severe mental impairment
You could qualify for an exemption or a single person’s discount if you or an adult living in your property is regarded as severely mentally impaired if you have, for whatever reason, a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent. This includes people who are severely mentally impaired as a result of a degenerative brain disorder such as Alzheimer's disease, a stroke or other forms of dementia.
To receive a discount or exemption on your Council Tax bill you must be entitled to one of the following qualifying benefits. If you live alone you will receive full exemption. If you live with one adult, the bill will be reduced by 25%, however, if you are severely mentally impaired and live with 2 or more adults, the bill will not be reduced.
- Incapacity benefit or employment and support allowance.
- Attendance allowance.
- Severe disablement allowance.
- The care component of a disability living allowance payable at the middle or higher rate.
- An increase in the rate of disablement pension for constant attendance.
- Disability working allowance.
- Unemployability allowance or supplement.
- Constant attendance allowance.
- Income Support which includes a disability premium.
- Personal independence payment.
- Universal credit which includes an amount for limited capability for work or work related activity.
If everyone in a household is severely mentally impaired, no council tax has to be paid.
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