Your Council Tax bill may be reduced if an adult or child with a substantial disability lives with you.
If your home is eligible, your bill will be reduced by the equivalent of one band. For example, if your home is in band D, your bill will be reduced to a band C dwelling.
This will not 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.
Your home must have certain features essential to or very important to the wellbeing of the person with a disability to be eligible for a Council Tax reduction.
These features are:
- A room - other than a bathroom, kitchen or toilet - used mainly by the person with a disability. For example, a downstairs bedroom or room for storing dialysis equipment.
- An extra bathroom or kitchen for the person with the disability to use.
- Extra space inside your home because the person with a disability has to use a wheelchair indoors.
To qualify for a reduction, the extra room doesn't have to be specially built. It can be an existing room or space as long as it's used specifically for the person with a disability.
How to apply
To apply for a Council Tax reduction for people with a disability, you need:
- A photograph of your property from outside.
- Photographs of any rooms which have been changed to provide for the needs of a resident with a disability.
- Any other documents to support your application, for example, any planning permission, plans or invoices for the changes made to your property.
- If a medical or health professional has knowledge of the facilities or changes at your property, you can upload a statement from them.