Council Tax - Disabled Persons Reduction

Your Council Tax bill may be reduced by the equivalent of one band if your home has certain features which are essential or of major importance to the well being of a disabled person who lives in there.

These features are:

  • A room (other than a bathroom, kitchen or toilet) mainly used by the disabled person which is required for meeting their needs (for example, a room used for the storage of dialysis equipment).
  • A second bathroom or kitchen which is required for meeting their needs.
  • Sufficient floorspace to permit the use of a wheelchair.

In order to qualify your home must have at least one of these features. In considering your application we have to decide if the disabled person would find it impossible or extremely difficult to live at the property, or their health would suffer, or the disability become more severe, if the feature were not present in the property.

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. The reduction for a band A property would be equal to one sixth of the Council Tax bill.

If you believe that you may qualify for this reduction please either visit our office or call 01785 619279.

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