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.
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.