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 reduction.
The requirements for a reduction are that the property must be the main residence of at least one disabled person and it must have at least one of:
- an additional bathroom or kitchen required to meet the needs of the disabled person
- a room (other than a bathroom, kitchen or toilet) required to meet the needs of the disabled person, and used mainly by them
- extra space inside the property to allow for the use of a wheelchair - wheelchairs for outdoor use only are excluded
The room or the wheelchair must also be essential or of major importance to the disabled person's well-being, due to the nature and extent of their disability.
'Disabled person' in this context means a person who is substantially and permanently disabled. The disabled person can be either an adult or a child and does not have to be responsible for paying the Council Tax bill.
If your home is eligible, your bill will be reduced to that of a property in the next Council Tax band down. For example, a band D property will be charged at the band C rate. Even if your property is in Band A (the lowest band) you will still receive a reduction. It will be the same in cash terms as the reductions for homes in other bands.