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Severely mentally impaired people
Anyone who is aged 18 or over and medically certified as having a permanent condition that severely affects their intellectual or social functioning may get a Council Tax discount.
Some examples of severe mental impairment (SMI) include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
Even if they must qualify for one of the following benefits even if they don’t receive it, for example, because they are pension age:
- Incapacity Benefit
- Attendance Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance (higher or middle-rate care component)
- An increase in disablement pension where constant attendance is needed
- Unemployability Supplement or Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Income Support (which includes a disability premium)
- Personal Independence Payment (standard or enhanced daily living component)
- Armed Forces Independence Payment.
Their condition must be confirmed by a doctor. We will ask for permission to write to the doctor for confirmation. The discount will start from the date they receive a benefit and following confirmation from their GP or other medical professional.
If they are entitled to a benefit but don’t currently receive it, you will need a letter from the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) to confirm this.