Council tax Special discount when someone in your home is mentally disabled

You can get a reduction in your council tax if you, or someone aged 18 or over who lives with you, is mentally disabled and not counted for Council Tax purposes. The rules say they must be 'severely mentally impaired' - this includes people who have been diagnosed as suffering with severe and enduring mental health issues such as Alzheimer's disease, other forms of dementia and strokes.

The condition must be confirmed by a doctor.

The mentally disabled person must also qualify for one of these benefits even if they don't receive it, for example because they are pension age:

  • Short-term or long-term Incapacity Benefit (IB)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Severe Disablement Allowance (SDA)
  • The highest or middle-rate care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment Daily Living Component at either standard or enhanced rate
  • An increase in Disablement Pension for constant attendance
  • The disability element of Working Tax Credit
  • Unemployability Supplement (abolished in 1987 but existing claimants remain entitled)
  • Constant Attendance Allowance payable under the Industrial Injuries or War Pension schemes
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • Income Support which includes a disability premium because of incapacity for work
  • The ‘limited capability for work’ or ‘the limited capability for work related elements’ of Universal Credit

A mentally disabled person in the household does not always lead to a reduction in Council Tax. There can be no reduction if two or more people in the household are counted for Council Tax purposes. Apply if you are not sure, so that we can check.

Print off the application form and doctor's certificate, fill in the form, ask the doctor or other health professional to fill in the doctor's certificate and return both to us.

If everyone living at the property is mentally disabled, including where a mentally disabled person lives alone, the property itself may be exempt from Council Tax. If a number of mentally disabled people share the property each person must complete their own form and provide their own doctor's certificate - be sure to print the correct number of forms needed. Print off as many application forms and doctor's certificates as you need

How to return your form(s) to us

After you've applied for the discount

You must continue to pay the amount on your Council Tax bill until you hear from us.

  • Tell us if your circumstances change as this may affect your discount. If you don't tell us you may have to pay a penalty.
  • If you don't get the discount, you can report a problem with your bill

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