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Council Tax: Mental Illness

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN HL4791, tabled on 16 January 2023

To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that severely mentally impaired persons who are entitled to attendance allowance qualify for an exception or a discount on council tax within six months of being diagnosed as severely medically impaired by a medical practitioner.

Answered on

30 January 2023

Local authorities are responsible for administering council tax, including exemptions such as those available to someone assessed as being severely mentally impaired. Authorities should satisfy themselves that an individual has both a certificate from a medical practitioner and is entitled to one of a range of listed benefits, including Attendance Allowance. Attendance Allowance is available to people of State Pension Age who have had care or supervision needs for at least six months. Councils should ensure that any applications for a council tax exemption are dealt with as quickly as possible.

Data are collected for England by local authorities and the latest data, for 2022-23, can be (attached) found here.

Data are not collected on the number of people who are severely mentally impaired and receive an exemption.