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Council Tax disregard

Some people will be eligible for discounts, disregards and exemptions on their council tax. All of these terms have different meanings, so it’s important to know the difference.

Someone who has been medically certified as having a permanent condition that affects their intelligence and social functioning, such as Alzheimer's or autism, is "disregarded for council tax purposes" in England, Scotland and Wales.

If the person diagnosed as SMI lives with just one other adult, the council tax discount is 25%. If the person diagnosed as SMI lives alone, the discount rises to 100%.

An investigation by MoneySavingExpert last year revealed that tens of thousands of people are likely to be missing out on the discount, which is estimated to be worth an average of £400 a year.

Read Alzheimer's Society - Discounts, disregards and exemptions on council tax