Council Tax help for people with disabilities or impairments

You may not have to pay full Council tax if you or someone else (of any age) in your home has a disability. Adults who have a severe mental impairment may not have to pay Council Tax.

A disabled person is someone who is substantially and permanently disabled whether by illness, injury, congenital deformity or otherwise. In order to qualify for disabled relief, you must live in the property but do not have to be over the age of 18.

If you qualify for help under this scheme your Council Tax bill will be reduced by one property band.

For example, if your property is in Band D your tax bill will be based on Band C. If the property is in Band A, you will be given a reduction of one-ninth of the Band D charge.

If your property has already been placed in a lower band, this will be shown on your bill.

A Visiting Officer may need to inspect the property before a reduction can be granted.

In order to qualify there must be:

... which is used by and required for meeting the needs of a disabled person.

The room does not need to have been specially built or added, but your home will not qualify for a reduction unless the 'essential or of major importance' requirement is met.

Simply rearranging rooms – e.g., having a bedroom on the ground floor rather than the first floor – may not make your home eligible for a reduction.

... which is used by and required for meeting the needs of a disabled person;

The room does not need to have been specially built or added, but your home will not qualify for a reduction unless the 'essential or of major importance' requirement is met.

Simply rearranging rooms – e.g., having a bedroom on the ground floor rather than the first floor – may not make your home eligible for a reduction.

... to allow the use of a wheelchair which is required for meeting the needs of a disabled person.

Enquiry Form

Ask about a Council Tax Disabled Reduction  (Opens in a new window)

This is defined as 'severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning (however caused) that appears to be permanent'.  A medical practitioner must certify this.  The person must also be entitled to one of the following benefits: 

  • Incapacity Benefit 
  • Attendance Allowance 
  • Severe Disablement Allowance 
  • Care Component of the Disability Living Allowance payable at the higher or middle rate under the Act 
  • An increase in the rate of Disablement Pension 
  • Disability Working Allowance 
  • An Unemployables supplement 
  • A Constant Attendance Allowance under the Personal Injuries (Civilians) Scheme 1983 or under article 14 of the Naval, Military or Air Forces (Disablement & Death) Services Pension Order 
  • An Unemployables allowance under any of the 8 items listed above
  • Income Support where the applicable amount includes a disability premium
  • The standard or enhanced rate of the daily living component of personal independence payment
  • Universal credit which includes an amount in respect of limited capability of work or work related activity
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