If a disabled person lives in your household and special adaptations have been made to the property to help with that person's needs, you may be entitled to Disabled Relief.
The adaptations of the property must be either:-
- a room which is not a bathroom, a kitchen or a lavatory which is predominantly used by and is required for meeting the needs of a qualifying individual (e.g. having a kidney dialysis machine, oxygen and other breathing equipment, physiotherapy or an additional downstairs bedroom), or
- a bathroom or kitchen which is not the only bathroom or kitchen within the dwelling and which is provided for the meeting the needs of a qualifying individual, or
- sufficient floor space to permit the use of a wheel-chair required for meeting the needs of a qualifying individual.
This relief tries to ensure that disabled people are not disadvantaged by having to pay more tax because of any extra space needed. Please note that the use of a private garage for a motor vehicle, hand rails, ramps or a chair lift used by the disabled person are regrettably not qualifying criteria for a reduction.
Subject to a successful written application your Council Tax bill will be reduced to that of a property in the band immediately below the band shown in the Valuation List.
For example, if your home is in Band C, your Council Tax bill will be reduced to the equivalent of a Band B dwelling. This will not, however, affect the value of your home or its banding in the Valuation List.
Properties in band A are included in the reduction scheme i.e. they will receive a reduction equal to 1/9th of the charge for Band D. Prior to 1 April 2000 there was no reduction available for these properties.
No account is taken of your income, so even if you are receiving a good income you could still qualify for this reduction.
Your home may have features added for a resident with disabilities, which reduces its value. If you do not think these were taken into account in assigning your Council Tax band then you should write to the:
Tel: 03000 501501
For more information go to our section on Appeals.
Please note: If you have been granted Disabled Relief that you believe you are not entitled to, you are legally required to inform the Council within 21 days. Failure to do so may result in the issue of a £70.00 civil penalty.