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Council Tax - exemptions and discounts (occupied properties)

Physical or mental disability

Severe mental impairment

If you or an adult in your household suffers from a severe and permanent impairment to intelligence and social function (for example Alzheimer’s disease) you may be able to reduce your Council Tax bill by 25%, 50% or 100% depending on how many other adults live in the property.

If you want to request an application form for severe mental impairment (SMI), please complete our online referral form.

Disabled relief

If you or someone in your household suffers from a physical or mental disability, you may qualify for disabled persons relief. This could be an adult or a child and the disability must be substantial and permanent, whether by illness, congenital deformity or otherwise. This means that someone with a physical disability, learning difficulties or mental health issues may qualify. This must be the person’s main or only home. To qualify, one of the following must apply:

  • the property has an additional bathroom or kitchen which is necessary for meeting the needs of the person with the disability or
  • a room (but not a bathroom, kitchen or toilet) is predominantly used by the person with a disability for providing therapy or otherwise or
  • a wheelchair is used in the property

The features above must be essential or of major importance to the disabled resident because of their disability and be extra or additional to what a person would ordinarily need, whether disabled or not.

You will be required to provide evidence with your online application. This must be from the disabled persons GP or health professional and must confirm the following:

  • Name of patient
  • Details of the medical condition or disability
  • Date that the patient's condition or disability has existed from

You can upload a letter from the GP or health professional with the above details. This should be signed and stamped and should note the position and contact details of the person providing the information. 

If the GP or health professional can't provide a letter, you can ask them to complete our  disable relief certificate. This must be completed and signed by the disabled person’s Doctor or health care provider (most familiar with their case) and uploaded when submitting your online application. 

We are unable to process the application without this evidence. 

If your application is successful, your Council Tax will reduce to that of the next lowest Council Tax band. For example, if your property is currently a Band D, your charge will reduce to the equivalent of a Band C.