The disabled person discount aims to ensure that disabled people do not pay more council tax because they live in a larger property than they would have needed if they were not disabled. Having a disability does not automatically entitle you to a reduction.
In summary, the requirements for a reduction are that the property must be the main residence of at least one disabled person and it must have at least one of the following:
- An additional bathroom or kitchen, any other room (not being a toilet) which is mainly used by the disabled person, or
- Enough space for the use of a wheelchair - if the wheelchair is for outdoor use only, this will not count
- The room or the wheelchair must also be essential or of major importance to the disabled person's well-being, due to the nature and extent of their disability
'Disabled person' in this context means a person who is substantially and permanently disabled. The disabled person can be either an adult or a child and does not have to be responsible for paying the council tax bill.
An extra room does not need to have been specially built, but your home will not qualify for a reduction unless the 'essential of major importance' test above is met. Simply rearranging rooms (for example, having a bedroom on the ground floor rather than the first floor) is unlikely to make your home eligible for a reduction.
What reduction you may get
If your home is eligible, your bill will be reduced to that of a property in the next council tax band down. For example, a Band D property will be charged a Band C rate. Even if your property is in Band A (the lowest band) you will still receive a reduction. It will be the same in cash terms as the reductions for homes in B, C or D.
- The disabled person must live in the property
- The disability must be substantial and permanent
You can apply for disabled band reduction online below.
Alternatively you can download a disabled band reduction form from the 'Discounts' section to the right of this page.