Who can get this reduction?
If someone living at your address is permanently disabled, you can get this reduction if one of the following three things applies:
- the disabled person uses a wheelchair indoors; or
- the property has a second bathroom (not just a toilet) or a second kitchen, needed by the disabled person; or
- the property has a room which the disabled person needs because of his/her disability (but not a kitchen, bathroom or toilet). The room must be essential or of major importance to the disabled person’s well-being because of the nature and extent of their disability. (For example, a room being used for storing dialysis equipment.)
What about stairlifts, handrails and other fixtures for disabled people?
Stairlifts, handrails and other fixtures do not, on their own, qualify for the reduction – one of the three things above must apply or the reduction cannot be granted. (However, if you have special fixtures for the disabled person which have reduced the value of your home, you may be able to ask the Valuation Office to look again at your Council Tax band - see the Valuation Office's 'Provisions for people with disabilities' under External links.)
How much reduction can I get?
If your claim is successful, we will reduce your Council Tax to the amount payable for a property in the band just below yours. If you are already in the lowest band, band A, we will reduce it by about 15%.
How to claim the reduction
Go to the Documents section and download the claim form.