If you live with other people
If you are older than 18 and have a severe mental impairment, you will not be counted for the Council Tax bill and you should apply for a discount.
Each person in the property with a severe mental impairment must apply separately.
If you live by yourself
If you have a severe mental impairment and live alone then you do not have to pay Council Tax and should apply for an exemption.
How to apply
To apply for a Council Tax exemption or discount for a severe mental impairment you must download the severe mental impairment discount and exemption form (PDF 330 KB)
Each person with a severe mental impairment in the property must complete a copy of the form
- you must provide evidence that you are entitled to at least 1 of the qualifying benefits, If you have entitlement to a qualify benefit but not in receipt of it, you can supply a letter from the DWP outlining your entitlement.
- you must get the form signed by your doctor.
When you have completed the form, return it to:
London Borough of Barnet
PO Box 237
Contact us for help
Due to the measures in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic the Council’s helpline is running at reduced capacity and as such is only able to answer calls in respect of limited essential services, such as benefit claims. Please therefore make a general council tax enquiry.
Definition of severe mental impairment
The legislation states that a person is severely mentally impaired if they have a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused), which appears to be permanent. This is likely to include people diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimers.
- Incapacity benefit or Employment Support Allowance
- Attendance allowance
- Severe disablement allowance
- Unemployment supplement
- the highest or middle rate care component of a disability living allowance
- an increased rate of disablement pension for constant attendance
- Disability working allowance (but only if entitlement is because of prior receipt of incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance)
- Constant attendance allowance payable under the industrial injuries or war pension schemes
- Unemployability allowance payable under the industrial injuries or war pension schemes
- Income support which includes a disability premium on grounds which include incapacity to work
- Retirement Pension where the person concerned would have qualified for one of the above except that they are over pensionable age
- Universal Credit (limited capability for work must be included)
- Standard or enhanced rate of the daily living component of PIP.
The information you give 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.