Council Tax discounts

Severely mentally impaired people

If someone in your household is severely mentally impaired, they are not counted for the purposes of council tax. 

Someone who is considered to be severely mentally impaired has a severe impairment to intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent. 

To be considered as severely mentally impaired, the person concerned must have a certificate of confirmation from a registered medical practitioner (such as a doctor).

In addition, to qualify for the discount, the mentally-impaired person must be entitled to one of the benefits below (or would be entitled if they were not of pensionable age).

  • Short-term or long-term Incapacity Benefit
  • Employment Support Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Care component of a Disability Living Allowance, paid at the highest or middle rate
  • Daily Living Component of Personal Independence Payment
  • An increase in Disablement Pension for constant attendance
  • The disability element of Working Tax Credit
  • Unemployability allowance or supplement
  • Constant Attendance Allowance payable under the Industrial Injuries or War Pension schemes
  • Armed Forces Independent Payment
  • Income Support which includes a disability premium because of incapacity

If a property is occupied solely by person(s) who are mentally impaired, you may be eligible for an exemption (so there will be no Council Tax to pay at all).

If you think you may be entitled to a discount or exemption, contact our council tax team

Council Tax Team
Access Oldham
Level 4, Civic Centre
West Street
Oldham, OL1 1UG
Tel 0161 770 6622