Disabled Persons Reduction
You may be entitled to a reduction in your Council Tax if there is a disabled person living in the property.
To qualify there must be a disabled person, either a child or adult, living in the property and one of the following must be in place to meet the needs of the disabled person:
- A room which is not a kitchen, bathroom, or a lavatory and which is predominantly used by and is required for meeting the needs of the disabled person. The room does not necessarily need to be adapted, e.g. a disabled person may require a bedroom of their own to meet their needs.
- A bathroom or kitchen, which is not the only bathroom or kitchen within the dwelling and which is required for meeting the needs of the disabled person.
- A wheelchair is used in the dwelling, by the disabled person, there being sufficient floor space to permit this use. If the disabled person only requires the use of a wheelchair when out of the dwelling there will be no entitlement to this reduction.
How is the Disabled Persons Reduction calculated:
If you qualify for a Disabled Person Reduction your Council Tax band will in effect be reduced to the band lower than the actual band you are in. So if you are in a band B property the amount of Council Tax you will be charged will be based on the charges for a band A property.
If your property is already in a band A you will still receive a reduction in your Council Tax if you qualify for a Disabled Person Reduction. The level of reduction you will receive will be one ninth of the charge for a Band A property.
How to Apply
To apply for a Disabled Persons Reduction you will need to complete an application form, this can be done online. If you have any difficulties completing this form please email us or call us on 01506 280000.
To assess your application for a Disabled Persons Reduction we may need to inspect your property to ensure all the qualifying conditions are met. We will decide if we need to inspect your property once we have received your application. If we need to inspect your property we will contact you to arrange a suitable time to visit.