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Severe mental impairment

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Grace7
Grace7 Community member Posts: 9 Listener
Hi, I have a long standing diagnosis of Schizophrenia. I am detained under the mental health act on a community based treatment order. This means I have to get depot injections and let professionals in to my house to see me or else I get recalled to hospital. 

I live in on my own so get a 25% reduction in my Council tax bill. I have looked into further Council tax exemptions and read about the severe mental impairment one which means you don't need to pay any Council tax. Some websites say this applies to people with significant learning disabilities, Parkinson's and dementia etc, but I've also read it can include severe and chronic mental health conditions. I'm not sure if it would include me and can't get a fuller definition. Does any one know anything about this? 

Thank you 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,998 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi,

    To claim this you must be claiming either one of these.
    • Disability Living Allowance with the middle or highest rate care component,
    • Personal Independence Payment Daily Living Component (standard or enhanced rate),
    • Attendance Allowance,
    • Severe Disablement Allowance,
    • Employment and Support Allowance,
    • Incapacity Benefit,
    • Income Support or Jobseeker’s Allowance with a disability premium,
    • Working Tax Credit with the disability element.
    To claim it you need to be medically certified as being severely mentally impaired and you'll need a Doctors diagnosis. A registered medical practitioner must have diagnosed a condition causing severe mental impairment.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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