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Severely Mentally Impaired Discount

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The full council tax bill assumes that there are 2 adults residing in a dwelling. However, for council tax purposes certain people will not be counted when looking at the number of adults.


How is Severely Mentally Impaired defined?

For the purposes of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 a person is Severely Mentally Impaired if he/she has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused) which appears to be permanent.


What does this mean in practical terms?

A person will be disregarded on the grounds of being Severely Mentally Impaired if he or she is entitled to one of the following benefits;

  • Incapacity Benefit or Employment Support Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance or Invalidity Pension
  • Unemployability Supplement or Unemployability Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Higher or Middle Rate of the care component of a Disability Living Allowance
  • Disability Working Allowance
  • An increase in the rate of Disablement Pension
  • Income Support where the applicable amount includes a Disability Premium.

and

  • He/she is confirmed as being Severely Mentally Impaired by a registered medical practitioner.


What if the person I am applying for is not in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits?

If you would like more information about any benefit contact the Department for Work and Pensions Link to External Website before applying for a discount.


How do I apply?

Complete the Council Tax Discount Form  Once it has been assessed you will be notified of our decision.


For how long will the discount be allowed?

For as long as there are less than two adults in the property who are not disregarded. If there is any change in circumstances then you must notify us. Failure to do so may result in a penalty being imposed.


Qualifying Criteria

  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Higher or Middle Rate of the care component of a Disability Living Allowance
  • Disability working allowance
  • An increase in the rate of Disablement pension
  • Income Support where the applicable amount includes a Disability Premium.
  • Personal independence payment (standard or enhanced daily living component.
  • Armed forces independence payment.
  • Disability working allowance (based on getting income support including disability premium)
  • Universal credit (including an element for limited capability for work or limited capability for work and work related activity) 

And is confirmed as being severely mentally impaired by a registered medical practitioner, most often this is your GP, this confirmation would be requested
 

Who to contact

If you live in Ashton or Mossley:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2015 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Ashton/Mossley Council Tax Team


If you live in Denton or Dukinfield:
Telephone Number 0161342 2099 Fax Number 0161 342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Denton/Dukinfield Council Tax Team


If you live in Audenshaw, Hyde or Longdendale:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2065 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Audenshaw/Hyde/Longdendale Council Tax Team


If you live in Droylsden or Stalybridge:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2080 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Droylsden/Stalybridge Council Tax Team

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