If a disabled person lives at a property, the person responsible
for paying the bill may be entitled to a reduction in Council
To qualify for a reduction, the disabled person must live at the
property and one of the following must apply:
- There must be a room, which is not a bathroom or a kitchen or
lavatory which is mainly used by, and is required to meet the needs
of the disabled person; or
- A bathroom or kitchen which is not the only bathroom or kitchen
within the property and which is essential for meeting the needs of
the disabled person; or
- Enough floor space inside the property for the use of a their
wheelchair which is necessary for meeting the needs of the disabled
person. wheelchairs for outdoor use only are excluded.
You will need to complete an application form, contact our helpline and one will be issued
to you, alternatively you can download our
disabled relief form (pdf) which you can complete and post into
You will need to get the form signed by your doctor or a health
professional to support your application. We may also need to
visit the property and we will telephone you to arrange a
If the disabled person leaves the property on a permanent basis
then the relief will be cancelled, you need to tell us.
If you qualify for a reduction the Council Tax Bill is worked
out on a band less than that normally used. For example, if your
property is in Band C you will be charged Council Tax for a Band B
property. Previously, if a property was in Band A then no reduction
could be granted as this was the lowest band. However, from 1st
April 2000 the government has changed the rules to include
properties in Band A. Now, if you qualify for disabled relief the
reduction for a Band A property will be 1/9th of a Band D
We may review the reduction on a yearly basis, we may send
a letter to ask the person who pays the Council Tax Bill to confirm
that the disabled person is still living at the property and that
their circumstances are the same.
It is also important to remember that if the disabled person
lives alone or there are 'disregarded' people living at the
property then there may be a discount due as well.
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Last Updated - 01/05/2013