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Severe mental impairment

Severe mental impairment is severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent. To qualify for Council Tax discount, the impairment must be confirmed by a doctor. Also, the person with the impairment must be entitled to one of the qualifying benefits. 

People who are considered as having a severe mental impairment will not be counted when looking at the number of adults living in a property.  If this leaves one adult who can be counted, there will be a 25 percent discount. Please complete and return the Council Tax: severe mental impairment application form (PDF) [84KB] (opens new window) with the required evidence.

Full details can be found in our Council Tax: severe mental impairment guidance notes (PDF) [72KB] (opens new window) .

Where all occupiers are severely mentally impaired, there is a Class U exemption for such properties*. An application form and evidence will be needed for each person. There will be no charge to pay.  
*This exemption does not apply where the non-resident owner is responsible, so residential care homes are excluded from this exemption.

If you qualify for a reduction you must tell us within 21 days if there is a change that might affect it, please contact us on 01775 761161. We can impose a £70 penalty if you do not tell us about a change.


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