Anyone with a severe mental impairment who has been awarded either rate of the daily living component of PIP qualifies for the scheme.
A severe mental impairment can be a learning disability or mental illness.
A person needs to obtain a signed certificate to evidence their condition.
Conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease also fall into this category.
The certificate can only be issued by a medical professional such as a general practitioner (GP).
A psychiatrist or neurologist may also be able to provide this evidence.
The certificate must be accompanied by a letter confirming that a person is receiving certain other benefits.
More specifically, a person applying for council tax exemption must be a recipient of any of the following benefits: Personal Independence Payment, Incapacity Benefit, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (higher or middle rate component), Disability Working Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Unemployment Supplement or Universal Credit.
Those receiving Armed Forces Independence Payment can also apply for an exemption.
These individuals must be living on their own.
The only other person who can live with them is a carer who is not their partner, spouse or child under 18.
What’s more, a person living with an individual who qualifies as severely mentally impaired can receive a 25 percent discount on their council tax bill if there are no other adults in the household.
If there is anyone living in the household who is under 18 years old, on certain apprentice schemes, 18 or 19 years old and in full-time education, a full-time student at college or university, under 25 years old and get funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency, a student nurse, a foreign language assistant registered with the British Council, a live-in carer for someone who is not your partner, spouse, or child under 18 or a a diplomat, then the 25 percent discount can apply.
No discount applies for those who are diagnosed as severely mentally impaired but live with two or more adults who are eligible to pay council tax.
Each person in the property with a severe mental impairment must apply separately.
Council tax is reduced from the date the Severe Mental Impairment Discount application form has been approved.
People are encouraged to contact their local council for details of
the scheme available in their specific area.
PIP is a benefit that helps people aged 16 and over with the extra costs of a long-term health condition or disability.
It is a non means-tested benefit so people can get it regardless of how much they earn.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) uses a points system at an assessment to see which PIP components a person is eligible for and at what rate.