What is a severe mental impairment?
Someone who is considered to be severely mentally impaired has a severe impairment to intelligence and social functioning (however caused). It must be a permanent impairment. This may be due to a degenerative brain disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease, a stroke or other forms of dementia.
To be considered as severely mentally impaired, the person concerned must have a certificate of confirmation from their registered medical practitioner.
In addition, to qualify for the discount, the person must be entitled to (or have an underlying entitlement to at least one of these benefits:
- Incapacity Benefit (short-term)
- Attendance Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Care Component of a Disability Living Allowance (middle or higher rate)
- An increase in the rate of Disablement Pension, where constant attendance is needed.
- Disability Working Allowance
- Unemployability Supplement
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- Unemployability Allowance
- Income Support that includes a disability premium
- Incapacity Benefit (long-term)
- Standard or enhanced rate of the daily living component of the Personal Independence Payment
- Employment Support Allowance (Income Related or Contributory)