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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.

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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