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Severe mental impairment

Severe mental impairment is severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which appears to be permanent.

To qualify, the impairment must be confirmed by a doctor. Also, the person with the impairment must be entitled to one of the qualifying benefits.  Full details can be found on our application form (PDF) [513KB] (opens new window)

Please complete and return your application, with the required evidence, to us either by email: or by post to Council Tax, East Lindsey District Council, The Hub, Mareham Road, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 6PH.


People who are considered as having a severe mental impairment will not be counted when looking at the number of adults living in a property.  If this leaves one adult who can be counted, there will be a 25% discount.

Where all occupiers are severely mentally impaired

There is an exemption for properties where all occupiers are severely mentally impaired*. An application form and evidence will be needed for each person. There will be no charge to pay.  
*This exemption does not apply where the non-resident owner is responsible, so residential care homes are excluded from this exemption.

If you qualify for a reduction you must tell us within 21 days if there is a change that might affect it. Please contact us on 01507 601111

We can impose a £70 penalty if you do not tell us about a change.

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