Council Tax Discounts for the disabled
You may be able to claim a reduction in your Council Tax if your home has been adapted for a disabled person. If you are living in a bigger property because your disability would make it difficult for you to live in a smaller building, for example you need extra space for your wheelchair, you may be entitled to a reduction.
Eligibility, if ..
• You, or the disabled person living with you, must be substantially and permanently disabled.
• The property must be your, or the disabled person's, sole or main residence.
• The disabled person can be an adult or child and does not have to be the person responsible for paying the Council Tax
Also, the property must have one of the following:
• A room that has been modified for the disabled person's sole use.
• In the case of children an additional bathroom, lavatory or bedroom space to meet their needs.
• Extra space inside the property to allow a wheelchair to be used - if the wheelchair is for outside use only, this will not count.
What reduction you might get:
If you are able to get a reduction your property will be charged at a band lower than the property is worth. For example, a Band D property will be charged at Band C rate. Band A is the lowest band a house can be so if you have a Band A home you will still receive a reduction. It will be the same in cash terms as a house in Band B, C or D.
How to apply for a Council Tax reduction
Contact your local council and they will send you a form to fill in and return. A council officer may make an appointment to see you in your home (all council officers have an identification badge, ask to see it before you let them in). The council officer will make notes on what adaptations you have made to your home (if appropriate), and will want to see evidence of the benefits you get.
If you do not receive a visit you may need to prove that you are disabled. If you are registered with social services as disabled, then this is usually enough. You may need to tell the council your social worker's name or provide some paperwork.
If you are not receiving any care from social services your doctor may be able to confirm (in writing) that you are disabled. Usually the council will contact your doctor and ask for information once you have applied.
If you receive any disability benefits, (like Disability Living Allowance) you may need to show your council some paperwork with this information on.
Remember, you will need to apply for the reduction; your council will not automatically apply it, even if you are registered with social services.
If your reduction is approved, you will see your reduction at the top of your next Council Tax bill.
Normally the reduction or exemption is backdated to the date you applied, so it's important to apply for a reduction or exemption earlier rather than later. Councils can backdate a reduction if appropriate.