Council tax reduction for disabled people
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.
In summary, the requirements for a reduction are that the property must be the main residence of one or more than one disabled person and it must have at least one of:
- an additional bathroom, toilet room or kitchen that has been built or adapted to meet the needs of the disabled person
- a room (other than a bathroom, kitchen or toilet) required to meet the needs of the disability of the disabled person, for their treatment or therapy, and is mainly used for that purpose
- adequate space or adaptation for the use of a wheelchair, which is required by the disabled person for use inside the home - wheelchairs or motorised scooters 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.
An extra room does not need to have been specially built, but your home will not qualify for a reduction unless the 'essential or of major importance' test above is met. Simply rearranging rooms - for example, having a bedroom on the ground floor rather than the first floor - is unlikely to make your home eligible for a reduction.
How much is the reduction?
If you meet the criteria, your bill will be reduced to the equivalent amount of a property in the next council tax band down. For example, a Band D property will be charged a 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 Band B, C or D. We reduce band A by one ninth (1/9th) and is shown as the @ on the council tax charges. This information is available on tape from Bucks Association for the Blind on 01296 487556.
If you wish to apply for this reduction then please complete the form below.
Date Updated: 03/08/09
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Application form for a disabled person reduction