Council tax valuation band reduction for disabled people
The scheme aims to ensure that disabled people do not pay more Council Tax living 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.
Council Tax valuation band reduction property requirements
In summary, the requirements for a reduction are:
- that the property must be the main residence of at least one disabled person. It must have at least one of:
- an additional bathroom or kitchen;
- any other room (but not 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, due to the nature and extent of their disability. 'Disabled person' means a person who is substantially and permanently disabled. The disabled person can be either an adult or a child. They do not have to be responsible for paying Council Tax.
An extra room does not need to have been specially built. Your home will not qualify for a reduction unless the 'essential, or of 'major importance' test is met. Simply rearranging rooms is unlikely to make your home eligible for a reduction. As an example, having a bedroom on the ground floor, rather than the first floor.
What Council Tax valuation band reduction may you get?
If your home is eligible, your bill will be reduced to that of a property in the next Council Tax band down. See the valuation band list. For example, a Band D property will be charged a Band C rate. Even if your property is in Band A, you will still receive a reduction. It will be the same in cash terms as the reductions for homes in Bands B, C, or D.
Apply for a Council Tax valuation band reduction
To apply, download and complete the Council Tax valuation band reduction for a disabled person form (PDF: 178Kb / 2 pages).
Completed forms should be returned to the address on the form.
Once we receive your application form, an appointment may be made to visit you at your home. You will be able to show our representative the adaptations that have been made. After that, we will consider your application. We will write to you and inform you of the decision. You may also be required to supply additional confirmation from:
- a doctor;
- occupational therapist;
- or social worker.
that the residence needs the adaptations or facilities you have listed. We will let you know when we contact you.