If you have been certified by a medical professional as having a severe mental impairment (SMI), you are not counted as occupying your property for the purposes of council tax.
How to tell if you qualify as SMI...
You are deemed severely mentally impaired if you have been certified by a medical practitioner as having an impairment of intelligence and social functioning which is expected to be permanent and you are receiving or eligible one of the following:
- attendance allowance under 64 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.
- severe disablement allowance
- the highest or middle rate of the care component of a disability living allowance
- the daily living component of personal independence payment
- an increase in the rate of your disablement pension (where constant attendance is needed
- disabled persons tax credit
- incapacity benefit
- employment support allowance
- unemployability allowance or supplement
- constant attendance allowance or income support including a disability premium.
People who qualify for an exemption
- If you live alone and have a severe mental impairment you will be exempt from paying any council tax at all.
People who qualify for a discount
- If you live with others you will still qualify for a discount. If everyone in a property is disregarded, a 50% discount is awarded
- If everyone but one person in a property is disregarded, a 25% discount is awarded
- If more than two people are not disregarded, no discount can be awarded.
If you think you are eligible, please contact us via the My Portsmouth contact form, or phone 023 9268 8588