A disabled band reduction may apply if anyone in your household is disabled (adult or child) and the property has been adapted for the disabled person's needs. The property must be the disabled person's main home to qualify for the reduction.

Reduction amount

If your property qualifies for a disabled band reduction, your Council Tax bill will be reduced to one band lower than its official banding. For properties in Band A, the amount due will be calculated as 5/9ths of a Band D property's amount.

Reduction criteria

A reduction isn't automatically given because a person is registered as disabled. The criteria focus on the physical adaptations of the property. A reduction can be granted if one of these conditions applies and is essential for the well-being of the disabled resident:

  • a room, other than a bathroom, kitchen, or lavatory, mainly used by the disabled person and required for their needs
  • an additional bathroom or kitchen required for the disabled person
  • space for wheelchair use inside the property, if needed

You don't need to have made the adaptations yourself. If any of these conditions apply, you might be entitled to a reduction.

A Council Tax inspector might need to visit your property to confirm the adaptations. If so, they will contact you to arrange an appointment. All staff carry and provide identification.

Changes in circumstances

You must notify us in writing within 21 days if the entitlement to the reduction ends, either because the qualifying individual has left the property or due to a change in circumstances.

Apply for a disabled reduction

The disabled reduction can only be backdated to the beginning of the financial year. A new application form is required each year.

You can apply for this discount using our online disabled reduction form:

Apply for a Council Tax Disabled Reduction