The local authority can decide you do not need to pay council tax – this is called exemption.
Exemption due to severe mental impairment
The council tax rules say that a person is exempt from council tax if they have a ‘severe mental impairment’. It says that ‘a person is severely mentally impaired if they have a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent’.
To get this, you need a doctor to sign a medical certificate that says you are severely mentally impaired and you need to get one of the following benefits:
– Disability Living Allowance with the middle or highest rate care component,
– Personal Independence Payment Daily Living Component (standard or enhanced rate),
– Attendance Allowance,
– Severe Disablement Allowance,
– Employment and Support Allowance,
– Incapacity Benefit,
– Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance with a disability premium,
– Working Tax Credit with the disability element.
Contact your Local Council for more information