Council tax discounts

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.