A band reduction may be awarded if a disabled person resides in the property and meets the qualifying criteria. This reduction is a property based reduction.
This reduction can be awarded in respect of any residents in the property. There is no age restriction, although this reduction is normally awarded where a child is over the age of 3 years old. There is no requirement for the disabled person to be in receipt of any state benefit.
To qualify for this reduction, there must be a substantial and permanent disabled person resident in the property and this property must be their sole or main residence.
At least one of the following criteria must be met:
- A room set aside for the requirement of the disabled person (e.g. for therapy or treatment). The room should be "essential or of major importance to the person's well-being."
- A second bathroom or kitchen, predominantly used for the needs of the disabled person.
- Sufficient floor space to permit the use of a wheelchair indoors and is used within the property.
Where at least one of the above criteria is met, then the reduction can be awarded.
An example of a band reduction would be a council tax band being reduced by one band i.e. council tax for a band D property would be reduced to the rate set for a band c property, as long as the disabled person continues to reside in the property and the property remains their sole or main residence.
The liable person can apply for the reduction using the form below. If you do apply for a disabled person reduction, our Council Tax team leader or designated member of the team will need to visit the property in order to assess your application fully. We will contact you to arrange a visit at a convenient time.
Please be aware that the Council Tax team is extremely busy at present and we are dealing with a very high volume of enquiries from customers.
Please complete the online form with as much detail as possible and we will get back to you as soon as we can. It is currently taking around 6 weeks to process enquiries. We appreciate you may be anxious to receive a response, but please bear with us and try to avoid contacting the team to ask for a progress update if possible, as this generates additional work.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to resume normal service as soon as possible.