People with disabilities whose homes have been adapted for their use may be entitled to a disabled band reduction. This means that their council tax will be calculated as if their property is one band lower than it would normally be.
You might qualify for this if a disabled person lives in the property and it has certain features that are essential to the disabled person because of their disability where:
- someone is already a band A - It is not possible to apply a lower band but there will be a reduction.
- it must be the disabled person's sole or main residence
- the person must be substantially and permanently disabled
- the person can be an adult or child
- the disabled person does not have to be the liable person
The property must have at least one of the following features:
- a room (not a bathroom, kitchen or toilet) which is predominantly used by the disabled person e.g. a downstairs bedroom, a room used to store therapy equipment, dialysis equipment, Braille machine or oxygen cylinders and where the use of the original room has changed to accommodate the disabled person.
- a second bathroom or kitchen which has been adapted to meet their needs (a sole bathroom or kitchen even if adapted would not qualify)
- sufficient floor space to allow use of a wheelchair indoors
To apply for the discount you will need to:
- Download and complete the application form
- Scan the completed refund form using either a scanner or taking a picture of it using your mobile phone.
- Send the scanned/pictured image to your computer eg by email or text.
- Attach the image and answer the questions on the evidence form.
You will need to provide a letter from your GP, social worker or physiotherapist confirming the disability.