Council tax discounts
Council tax band reductions
Your bill may be reduced if a permanently disabled person (whether an adult or child) lives in the home.
Your property must have certain features which are essential, or of major importance, to the wellbeing of the disabled person.
These features are:
- a room other than a bathroom, kitchen or toilet which is used mainly by the disabled person.
- an extra bathroom or kitchen for the use of the disabled person.
- extra space inside the property for the use of a wheelchair.
When considering whether a reduction should apply, we have to decide whether the person with the disability would find it impossible or extremely difficult to live there, or whether their health would suffer, or the disability become more severe, if the extra feature was not available.
To qualify for a reduction, the extra room need not be specially built, but can be an existing room used specifically for the person with the disability. A council inspector will visit your property before this can be awarded.
If your home is eligible, your bill will be reduced to that of a property in the valuation band immediately below. For example, if your home is in band D, your bill will be reduced to that for a band C dwelling. This will not, however, affect the value of your home or its banding on the valuation list. In this example, it would still be shown as band D on the valuation list. If your home is in band A (the lowest Council Tax band) a reduction of 1/9 of the band D Council Tax would apply.