Severe Mental Impairment is a legal term which applies to someone who has a severe mental impairment of intelligence and social functioning. This can be as a result of any of the following conditions:
– Dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
– Learning Disability
– Severe and chronic mental illness
The person must also be in receipt of a qualifying benefit including:
– Attendance Allowance (at either rate)
– Disability Living Allowance care component (middle or higher)
– Personal Independence Payment daily living element
– Employment and Support Allowance
– Incapacity Benefit
– Income Support with Severe Disability Premium
– Universal Credit
– Disabled Persons Tax Credit
– Severe Disablement Allowance
– Armed Forces Independence Payment
If the adult with the SMI lives alone, they will be exempt from paying Council Tax or if they live another adult, they will be entitled to a 25% discount.
How to apply : someone who is acting on behalf of the person with the SMI can apply for them. They must provide proof of the qualifying benefit and when it was awarded. Section 2 of the form must also be completed by a qualified medical practitioner who knows the person and is aware of the date of diagnosis. The discount can be backdated to the date when the circumstances first applied.
To apply, you can either go to the Glasgow City Council website and download the form (www.glasgow.gov.uk/counciltax ) or call 0141 287 5050.