Council Tax Reduction for People with Disabilities

If there is a permanently disabled person living in the dwelling as their main home (not necessarily the council taxpayer) and he/she requires at least one of the following features to meet the needs of their disability, there may be a reduction in the Council Tax payable on the property:-

A room (other than a bathroom, kitchen or toilet) used mainly by the disabled person
An additional bathroom or kitchen adapted for use by the disabled person
Space in the dwelling to allow for the use of a wheelchair

If you are entitled to this reduction, the Council Tax will be reduced to that of a property in the valuation band immediately below that shown in the valuation list for your dwelling. A reduction will also apply to properties in band A, which will be the same in cash terms as the reductions for dwellings in bands B, C and D.

Please note that entitlement to this reduction is not based on any allowances that are already received. If you think you may qualify you are required to complete an application. A more detailed explanation of the qualifying criteria is shown below. If you wish to apply please click the “Next” button.

Summary of the regulations from the council tax (Reductions for Disabilities)
Regulations 1992 (SI 1992/554)
The regulations require that any application for this relief must be submitted by an ‘eligible person’, or by someone on their behalf who is authorized to do so, in respect of certain prescribed facilities within the dwelling which are required for meeting the needs of the ‘qualifying individual’.
An ‘eligible person’ is defined as being a person who is:-
(a) A liable person as regards a dwelling which is the sole or main residence of at least one qualifying individual and in which there is provided –

I. A room which is not a bathroom, a kitchen or a lavatory and which is predominantly used (whether for providing therapy or otherwise) by and is required for meeting the needs of any qualifying individual resident in the dwelling; or
II. A bath room or kitchen which is not the only bath room or kitchen within the dwelling and which is required for meeting the needs of any qualifying individual resident in the dwelling; or
III. Sufficient floor space to permit the use of a wheelchair required for meeting the needs of any qualifying individual resident in the dwelling; and
(b) as regards the financial year in question, an application is made in writing by him or on his behalf to that authority.
In relation to (a) (iii) above, a wheelchair is not considered as being required for an individual’s needs if that person does not need to use it indoors.
For the purposes of these regulations, a ‘qualifying individual’ is defined as being; ‘a person who is substantially and permanently disabled whether by illness, injury, congenital deformity, or otherwise)’.

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