Council Tax Disabled Band Reduction
The Disabled Band Reduction Scheme aims to ensure that disabled
people do not pay more Council Tax because they live in a larger
property than they would have needed if they were not disabled.
Having a disability does not automatically entitle you to a
The requirements state that the property must be the main
residence of at least one disabled person (whether adult or
child) and you must meet at least one of the
there is a room, other than a kitchen,
bathroom or lavatory in the property, predominantly used by the
disabled person (A room used as a bedroom or bedsitting room will
there is a second bathroom or kitchen used for
meeting the needs of the disabled person (a second lavatory will
If there is a disabled person who needs to use
a wheelchair indoors and there is space for them to do so
Please refer to our Disabled Relief Guidance
Notes (PDF, 94KB) for further explanation and example
situations where a reduction might be given.
The Disabled Relief
Claim Form (PDF, 88KB) gives as much detail as possible,
but if you do have queries,
contact the Council Tax Team.
Please note all eligible application forms received are usually
followed up by a visit from the Council's outside Inspector. The
completed form should ideally contain a telephone number for the
Council's Inspector to arrange a mutually convenient visit.
Other Discounts Available
Severe Mental Impairment
A reduction in Council Tax may apply for a person who has a
severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning which
appears to be permanent. To be eligible the person will need a
doctor's certificate saying that they are severely mentally
impaired and to be entitled to certain qualifying benefits.
The application form for the Severely Mentally Impaired discount
can be found in the list of
People Disregarded for the purpose of Council Tax.
People who care for someone (not a partner or child under 18)
may be disregarded if the person being cared for is in receipt of
The application form for the Carer or Residential Volunteer Care
Worker discount can be found in the list of People Disregarded for the
purpose of Council Tax.