Council Tax discount eligibility

In hospital, supported housing or care, or severely mentally impaired. Or a carer for someone with a disability.

Hospital patients

You are liable to Council Tax if you are in hospital for a short time and have a home elsewhere.

You are disregarded (not counted) for Council Tax if you are a patient in a hospital, which is your only main home.

Care homes and nursing homes

You are disregarded if you are living and receiving care in one of the following places as long as it is your only main home.

  • Residential care home
  • Nursing home
  • Mental nursing home
  • Hostels providing a high level of care
To apply for a Council Tax reduction for residency in a hospital or care or nursing home, read the full list of criteria and complete, sign, and return by email or post the Home or Hospital Residency Discount Form.

Carers

You are disregarded if you live with and care for someone with a disability who is receiving one of certain allowances, or a disablement pension.

You must be:

  • providing care for 35 hours per week on average, or
  • somebody who cares for an elderly person or a person with a disability in return for a payment of up to £44 per week can also receive a discount.

Who cannot receive discount

You cannot receive the discount if you are caring for:

  • a husband or wife, or living as a husband or wife, or
  • a child under 18 years

To apply for a Council Tax reduction for carers, read the full list of criteria and complete, sign, and return by email or post the Carer Discount Form.

People who are severely mentally impaired

People who are severely mentally impaired are disregarded for Council Tax.

For Council Tax purposes, a person is regarded as being severely mentally impaired if they suffer, for whatever reason, from severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent.

In order to receive the discount:

  • We must receive a certificate from their doctor confirming their impairment, and
  • The individual is entitled to one of a number of qualifying benefits.

To apply for a Council Tax reduction for people who are severely mentally impaired, read the full list of criteria and complete, sign, and return by email or post the Severely Mentally Impaired Discount Form.


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