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Money off council tax for severe mental disability

If you suffer from dementia or care for someone who has a condition classed as a severe mental impairment (such as Alzheimer's) or have moved out of your home to provide or receive care, you may be eligible for a discount or exemption from your Council Tax.

If you're currently struggling to pay your bills, please see our financial support during Coronavirus outbreak information.

If you are classed as suffering from a Severe Mental Impairment, or care for someone who does, that person is not counted for council tax if they are over 18. This includes illnesses such as Alzheimer's and people with severe learning difficulties.  

What is severe mental impairment?

Council tax rules say a person is severely mentally impaired if he/she has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused) which has been diagnosed by the doctor and which appears to be permanent.

Your council tax bill could be reduced if anyone living in your home is severely mentally impaired. It is your right to claim this exemption.

How to apply

To apply for a severe mental impairment council tax discount, download and complete the form below:

Icon for pdf People with severe mental impairment council tax discount form (PDF, 502.4kb)

If someone has moved out of their home permanently to receive care in a hospital, a residential care home or a supported housing scheme / hostel, they may be entitled to a discount or exemption on their property - see our Properties exempt from council tax information.

Contact us
Council tax
03000 26 4000
Our address is:
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • PO Box 238
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 1FP
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