Discounts and exemptions for adults with an enduring mental illness

When is a person classed as having an enduring mental illness?

For Council Tax purposes, a person is considered to suffer from an enduring mental illness if:

(a) he/she has severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused) which appears to be permanent; and,

(b) a certificate is provided by a registered medical practitioner giving the date from which the person has been or was likely to have been suffering from an enduring mental illness; and,

(c) he/she is entitled to one of the following:

  • Incapacity Benefit (or Employment and Support Allowance) 
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • the care component of a Disability Living Allowance (payable at the middle or highest rate)
  • Personal Independence Payment (at the standard or enhanced rate)
  • increased Disablement Pension because constant attendance is needed
  • Disability Working Allowance
  • Unemployability Supplement
  • Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Unemployability Allowance
  • Income Support where the applicable amount includes a disability premium
  • has lost one of the above due to reaching pensionable age


A full exemption is awarded when a property is occupied wholly by one or more persons who suffer from an enduring mental illness. A separate application form should be completed for each adult resident in the property.

50% Discount

If your property does not qualify for an exemption, a 50% discount may be awarded instead if all the adults of the property fall into one of the special categories for Council Tax. These special categories include people who have an enduring mental illness, carers, youth training trainees, apprentices, students, student nurses and 18 year olds for whom child benefit is payable.

25% Discount

A 25% discount is applicable when all the adults of a property, except one, either have an enduring mental illness or fall into any other of the special categories mentioned above.

How do I apply?

It is easiest to apply using the online form below. You can also download forms and send them to us at the address shown.

Downloadable Documents

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