This blog discusses the topic “Council Tax Severe Mental Impairment Doctors Certificate”, and discusses the requirements to get the certificate in order  to claim tax exemption, along with the details required in the certificate.

What is a Council Tax Severe Mental Impairment Doctors Certificate?

A council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate is one of the most necessary elements while claiming council tax exemption for severe mental impairment. A medical practitioner’s diagnosis is required to prove the applicant’s SMI.

Medical certificate

The conditions qualifying for SMI are not definit. It is necessary to point out that the decision as to whether a person is severely mentally impaired is not consequent on any specific diagnosis. A person is severely mentally impaired if he has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning however caused which appears to be permanent. A decision about the presence of severe mental impairment, in all cases, depends upon the doctor’s clinical judgment as to whether the applicant meets these criteria.

If some doctor is not certain as to whether an applicant’s intelligence and social functioning are those that would constitute severe mental impairment, then he may wish to seek information and advice from the appropriate medical colleagues or from colleagues in other professions, or from carers, who may be able to help with information based on their knowledge of the applicant.

If, after such consultation, a doctor is still uncertain as to whether the applicant is severely mentally impaired, then only he or she should not sign the certificate. 

Elements 

The format of the Council Tax Severe Mental Impairment Doctors Certificate is available on the council’s website of every council separately.

The necessary elements are almost the same for all the council with minute differences in the individual formats.

Some of the formats according to the different district councils are discussed below:

  • Blaby district council 

First of all, the certificate, in its header section covers the council’s address and contact details. Then, the Blaby district council Tax Severe Mental Impairment Doctors Certificate is divided into 2 parts, the one to be filled by the applicant and the other by the doctor.

The applicant needs to provide his and the doctor’s details, namely his name, address, GP’s name and address, and the signature of one person acting on the applicant’s behalf, along with his full name, address and relation to the applicant. Last is the date of applying and the applicant’s contact number.

The next section of this application form is the details precifying a person whether he qualifies for council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate or not. This section enumerates all the benefits that the applicant must be entitled to, in order to qualify for the exemption scheme. There is an additional note along with the details which provides that the applicant does not need to pay any charge to the medical practitioner for this form.

The third section is the doctor’s certificate, wich is filled by the doctor himself. In this, he first of all writes the applicant’s details, then the date from which he believes the applicant to be severely mentally impaired. He needs to sign and provide his details in the further rows. These include his hospital’s address, his status, contact information and the date of issuing the certificate.

  • Canterbury, Dover and Thanet district council

The Dover, Thanet and Canterbury councils follow the same format for council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate.

It is a four-page form, first of all requiring the applicant’s entails. These include the full name of the applicant, his contact number, his council tax number, address, email address and if the property address is different from his home address, then that too. Then it requires the full name of the mentally impaired person, their date of birth, the type of state benefactor allowance that he receives along with the date since he was first entitled to such benefit.

The applicants of these council also need to send evidence of the benefit or allowance that they are receiving, along with the Council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate and the tax exemption form.

The next page requires the name and address of the person or doctor who looks after the severely impaired person.

The next section is to be filled by the doctor. He needs to fill the full names of every person living on the taxation property, who is over 18. Then he needs to sign the declarations.

Now this medical practitioner has only to tick yes or no whether the patient mentioned above is suffering from a severe mental impairment that affects his or her social function, as described in the Local Government Finance Act of 1992, and provide the date since when the situation applies. Besides this, the necessary contact details of the applicant  and the doctor atre to be provided. This includes the doctor’s name, surgery address, signature and the date of issuing the certificate.

The last page of the certificate, as in the case of the blaby council, provides the legal provisions of mentally impaired tax exemptions, its applicability and the further process undertaken by the council.

  • Oldham Council

The oldham form for Council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate first of all defines that A person is severely mentally impaired if he has a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused) which appears to be permanent.

The form consists of the details of the person severely mentally impaired, including his name, address, account reference, and a checklist for the benefits for which the SMI person qualifies for.

It also requires the number of persons above 18 living on that property.

Next the applicant needs to fill out the doctor’s and the hospital’s contact details, the date of birth of the severely mentally impaired person. If the applicant is someone other than the severely mentally impaired person, then his details and his relation to the person are also needed to be filled.

This council only requires a letter from the DWP confirming your entitlement and the effective date. The council itself contacts the doctor for proof of SMI on your behalf, based on his contact details provided by you in the certificate form.

All these documents are to be returned to the Council tax office, at the address provided in the form.

If there are more than one SMI person living at a property, then as many number of forms need to be filled and submitted.

  • Babergh and Mid Suffolk council tax

The applicant needs to fill the full form before returning it to the council. It must be completed along with the application for severely mentally impaired discount or exemption and with proof of qualifying benefit.

The Council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate for Babergh is divided into 3 sections.

The details of the severely mentally impaired person needs to be filled in Section 1.

Section 2 is for Authorisation for doctors certificate, and the details of the person who (if any) is signing on behalf of the applicant, and his relation to the SMI person.

Section 3 of the certificate is to be filled by the doctor doing the diagnosis. The doctor needs to tick whether or not the person mentioned in section 1 is suffering from severe mental impairment, and the date from which it has been so. Next, he needs to sign his name, surgery address and the official stamp.

The Council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate, at last, describes in details the definition and issues covered under SMI, the procedure for application, details of the medical certificate, procedure when the certificate is not issued, no charge information, appeal procedure and other general information.

  • Preston city council

The Council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate for Preston city carries out an online procedure on its website. It requires the complete name and address of the applicant, number of adults in the property. Then the applicant needs to select the benefit that he is entitled to, from among the mentioned options, and the date from which, if, he is receiving the benefits. 

Next the applicant needs to upload documentary evidence. First is the evidence of the entitlement, for example, a copy of DSS decision note, showing the date that the benefit was first granted.

Next is the details of the person filling up the form, including his relation with the applicant.

Next is the name and details of the doctor. Next the applicant needs to attach the filled Council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate available on the website.

This certificate includes the doctor’s full name, contact details, status, whether or not in his opinion the applicant is severely mentally impaired, and the date of issuing the certificate.

  • Birmingham City council

The official website for Council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate downloads a certificate which requires the same applicant’s and the doctor’s details and his opinion as to whether the applicant suffers from SMI or not.

It also requires a return address for the form, in case it is needed.

  • Lichfield district council

The Lichfield district council’s tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate is similar to the Babergh format. It requires the name and details of the applicant, signee on behalf of the applicant and the doctor, and his surgery address.

Similar to the earlier one, it needs the doctor’s certification on whether or not the named person is suffering from SMI  in accordance with the provisions laid down in the Local Government Finance Act 1992, and the date from which it is so.

  • Newcastle City Council

The Newcastle council is in application format. It requires the name and address of the applicant. The doctor needs to tick mark whether in the doctor’s opinion, the applicant is severely mentally impaired or not.

Next, all the details of the medical practitioners need to be filled, along with the hospital’s stamp.

It also further includes a few explanatory notes on severe mental impairment discount.

Severe Mental Impairment

It is necessary to note what all consists of severe mental impairment. SMI is, formally, defined as a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning, which appears permanent. 

For simple understanding, SMI is something that prevents you from performing simple tasks and engaging in day to day activities.

These activities include the following:

  • Struggling to wash or dress.
  • Struggling to talk to people or engaging in social activities.
  • Not being able to go out by yourself or needing someone to accompany you.

SMI can be caused by other conditions like Parkinson’s, dementia, and learning disabilities.

Conclusion

This blog discussed the topic “council tax severe mental impairment certificate”. It covered  necessary details to be filled in a Council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate, which is to be made without any charge by any medical practitioner. The blog mainly enumerates a few city tax councils and their particular certificate formats, and the necessary details to get a Council tax severe mental impairment doctors certificate.

Please feel free to contact us for any suggestions or queries, or you can comment with you queries below.

FAQs

How do you prove severe mental impairment?

In order to prove severe mental impairment, you must prove that you suffer from a state of arrested development or incomplete physical development of the brain, that you show extreme disruptive behaviour, require regular intervention and dependence on another person, and that they have unpredictable behaviour.

What qualifies as a severe mental impairment?

If a person suffers from severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning, however it might have been caused, which appears to be permanent, then he is said to suffer from severe mental impairment.

What is severe mental impairment for council tax?

For the purposes of council tax, the eligibility entails having a severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning, which appears permanent.

What is an SMI form?

SMI form or Support for mortgage interest, is a form of loan given from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that helps you pay the interest on your mortgage or another home loan.

Is OCD severe mental impairment?

Yes. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health condition in which uncontrollable obsessions lead to compulsive behaviors. It comes under the category of severe mental impairment, when the OCD condition becomes severe, since it interferes with relationships and responsibilities and reduces quality of life significantly.

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John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.