Council tax discounts

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – support for businesses and the self-employed

The government is providing a package of measures to support businesses through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19. For details, go to GOV.UK Business Support: Coronavirus and GOV.UK: COVID-19 – support for businesses.

Go to our business rates pages for information on assistance with business rates and government cash grants for businesses. We are also providing financial assistance for the self-employed in the form of deferred council tax payments.

Discounts for disabled people

You can get a council tax relief if you:

  • are disabled
  • have a disabled adult or child living permanently with you

Your property must have either:

  • a room for the disabled person other than a kitchen, bathroom or lavatory
  • a second kitchen or bathroom for the disabled person
  • extra space inside the property for using a wheelchair

How we reduce your council tax

We treat your property as if it is in the council tax band right below its actual band. For example:

  • a band B property is treated as a band A
  • a band A property is reduced by one sixth in the base charge

We use the reduced amount to work out your entitlement to council tax support or discounts.

Disability and progressive conditions

To get council tax reduction, the disability must be a permanent and substantial:

  • illness
  • injury
  • congenital deformity
  • other reason

Some conditions can become substantial as they advance. It is better to apply when the condition first starts. We can back-date your reduction if you apply late.

Rooms for use by a disabled person

There must be a room in the property used by the disabled person either:

  • for treatment
  • for therapy
  • to store equipment

You cannot claim for having:

  • converted a downstairs room to a bedroom for a person who cannot climb stairs
  • converted bedsitting room for a person who cannot climb stairs
  • converted an upstairs room that was a bedroom to a bedsitting room for bedridden person
  • a room with extra facilities such as extra heating or a hearing loop
  • a commode for a person who finds it difficult to get to a lavatory

The bathrooms and kitchens don’t have to be solely for use by a disabled person. A shower room is treated as a bathroom. A second lavatory does not count as a bathroom.