Under-Claimed SMI Council Tax Discount? (BBC News / MoneySavingExpert)


People diagnosed as severely mentally impaired (SMI) should by rights be exempt from paying council tax, with the result that two-person households often qualify for a 25% discount on council tax. Persons with a severe mental impairment living alone could claim a 100% discount.

“A person is severely mentally impaired if they have a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent, such as dementia”.

In reality, certain local councils fail to ensure that those individuals entitled in law actually claim or receive the discount. Freedom of Information requests by the MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) website revealed unaccountable variations and disparities between different councils, with similar population sizes, in the take-up (and the presumed promotion) of this discount. The MSE site offers practical advice on how to claim.

Full Text Link


Bloch-Budzier, S. (2017). ‘Mentally impaired’ missing out on council tax discount. London: BBC Health News, September 29th 2017.

This relates to:

Full Text Link


Good, K. Nowottny, S. [and] French, M. [et al] (2017). The disregarded discount: MoneySavingExpert.com report into the ‘Severely Mentally Impaired’ (SMI) council tax discount. [Online]: MoneySavingExpert.com, September 2017.

About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
This entry was posted in BBC News, Community Care, For Carers (mostly), For Nurses and Therapists (mostly), For Researchers (mostly), For Social Workers (mostly), In the News, Local Interest, Management of Condition, Models of Dementia Care, National, Patient Information, Person-Centred Care, Practical Advice, Quick Insights, Scotland, Standards, Statistics, UK, Universal Interest, Wales and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.