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This link was very useful, thank you. The problem for me and I am sure for others is that everything hinges on the definition of " severe". When does mild become severe? My PWD may reach that threshold in the next year or two but I am not sure how I will know that the time has come to apply. Can anyone point to a definition?For SMH read SMI
Contact LA and ask about it, some LAs send you the form for you to send to the GP, others ask your permission to do this.Severely Mentally Impaired (SMI) discounts may be awarded for Council Tax purposes. A Council Tax exemption may also be due in some cases. LGFA92's specialist Council tax advisors may be able tolgfa92.co.uk
The certifying doctor has to signThe problem for me and I am sure for others is that everything hinges on the definition of " severe". ..... Can anyone point to a definition?
Hi silkiest I have contacted several local and national radio stations and newspapers and I am hoping for an article in a national newspaper very shortly, thank you for your encouragement.
Many thanks, that sounds like what I was looking for. Now the question is how to find a copy!Just to clarify the situation regarding the GP signing that the person is Severely Mentally Impaired. The deffinition is laid down in a document issued to General Medical Practitioners headed "Criteria for persons to be exempt from council tax discount on the grounds of severe mental impairment" the document was issued by the Department of Health in March 1993 (PL/CO(93))
It was a circular to GPs and I think the only way of obtaining a copy is via a GPMany thanks, that sounds like what I was looking for. Now the question is how to find a copy!
It is of interest to us as is exactly the situation we are in with FIL. I consider he would qualify as SMI but his son(my partner) & sister are not sure. They intend to take the form to the GP at the next visit but he very rarely has to go, he sees the nurse more often due to asthma checkups. The GP who knew him best has long since retired. The other GPs don't really know him & there is no involvement of anyone else other than family.This must be of interest to a lot of people because as carers, in many cases managing the financial affairs of a PWD, we need to understand at what point we can ask the GP to sign the form, without wanting to waste his/her time if the PWD has yet to reach the point at which his/her condition is "severe" rather than "mild".