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Class U exemption/discount criteria

People who suffer from a severe mental impairment

If someone over the age of 18 and liable to pay Council Tax has a severe mental impairment, the person who pays the Council Tax may be entitled to a discount.

If someone who suffers from a severe mental impairment lives alone then the property should get an exemption.

Someone is considered to have a severe mental impairment if they are entitled to one of qualifying state benefits, and have a certificate from a doctor confirming their impairment.

The qualifying benefits are:

  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Incapacity Benefit (ICB)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance - May be included in income support
  • Disability Living Allowance Care Component at the middle or higher rate
  • Disablement Pension with an increase for constant attendance
  • Disability Working Allowance - Only if entitlement based on prior receipt of Incapacity Benefit or Severe Disablement Allowance or where the customer received a disability premium with their Income Support because of incapacity for work, being replaced by Disabled Persons Tax Credit
  • Unemployability Supplement
  • Unemployability Allowance payable under the Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes
  • Constant Attendance Allowance payable under the Industrial Injuries or War Pensions schemes - This is an additional allowance paid as an increase in the rate of benefit. Can be identified from award letters. For instance a war pension breakdown
  • Income Support, which includes Disability Premium because of incapacity for work. This can be identified from award letters or the rate of benefit in an order book
  • Retirement Pension where the person concerned would have qualified for one of the above except that they are over pensionable age
  • Partners Job Seekers Allowance Where person concerned is the partner of someone who receives Income Based Job Seekers Allowance and this includes a disability or higher pensioner premium.

Explanatory Notes

The information given in this form will be used to decide if you are entitled to a Council Tax discount or exemption.  Severely mentally impaired persons are disregarded when counting the number of residents for discount purposes.

An exemption may apply if all the residents of a property are severely mentally impaired.  If there is more than one severely mentally impaired person living in the dwelling you will need to complete a separate form for each person.

In order to qualify the severely mentally impaired person must be entitle to one of the benefits listed above and must have a certificate from a registered medical practitioner.

If you give false information deliberately you may be subject to a financial penalty

We must protect the public funds we handle and so we may use the information you have provided on this form to prevent and detect fraud.  We may also share this information, for the same purposes, with other organisations which handle public funds.

To complete your application you must download a copy of the application form and sign and return the completed application along with your supporting evidence to the address on the form.


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