Disabled band reduction
The local authority may give a band reduction in order to
recalculate the amount of council tax payable if a permanently
disabled person lives in a dwelling with certain features which are
essential or of major importance to the well being of the disabled
Disabled Band Reduction
Your bill may be reduced if a permanently disabled person
(whether an adult or child) lives in the dwelling.
Your dwelling must have certain features which are essential or of
major importance to the well being 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 additional bathroom or kitchen for the use of the disabled
- Extra space inside the dwelling for the use of a
When considering whether a reduction should apply, the Council
have to decide whether the person with the disability would find it
impossible or extremely difficult to live in the dwelling, or
whether their health would suffer, or the disability become more
severe, if the extra feature were not available in the
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.
If your home is eligible, your bill will be reduced to that of
a property in the valuation band immediately below the band shown
on the valuation list.
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 property is in Band A and satisfies the criteria
above you may be entitled to a reduction in your council tax
equivalent to one band below the band A rate (i.e. 5/9ths of band D
instead of the normal rate of 6/9ths of band D).
If you wish to apply for this reduction or would just like
some more information then please contact the Local Taxation
section on (01723) 232378 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be required to supply additional
confirmation from a doctor, occupational therapist or social worker
that the resident needs the adaptations or facilities that you have
listed and that there is a link between the specific adaptation and
their disability. Please try to supply this with your application
to help us deal with your application quickly.