You can only be disregarded where your sole or main residence is the same as the person liable for the council tax and you:
- Have a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning, which appears to be permanent, and
- Have a certificate from a registered general practitioner covering the period, and
- Are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, which includes:
- Incapacity benefit/attendance allowance/severe disablement allowance
- Care component of a disability living allowance payable at the highest/middle rate
- An increase in the rate of disablement pension (where constant attendance is needed)
- Disability working allowance/unemployability supplement or allowance/constant attendance allowance
- Income support where the applicable amount includes a disability premium
Or was entitled to one of these benefits but it ceased to be payable on reaching pensionable age.
The application form must be completed by or on behalf of the person who is liable to pay council tax and certified in Box E of the application form by the medical practitioner and endorsed with an official stamp.
Remember, a single person discount (25%) can only be awarded where ONE person remains liable after others have been disregarded, for example, in a three adult household two have to qualify to be disregarded before a discount can be awarded.
How to apply
If you think you may qualify, call us on 01443 863002 or alternatively you can download the application form below:
Apply to be disregarded for discount purposes - Person suffering from severe mental impairment (PDF 12kb).
Please complete the form in black ink and in block capitals and return it to us together with any supporting documentation to the address in the top right hand corner.
If your application is accepted, you will then be sent a revised payment schedule.
Remember, if your circumstances change and you are no longer entitled to a discount you MUST inform us straight away to avoid facing a penalty.