You can apply for a Council Tax reduction if any of the following applies to you or someone you live with.
If a disabled person lives in the property your Council Tax bill could be reduced to the next band (there is still a reduction even if you are in band A).
The person with a disability does not have to be the person who pays the Council Tax bill but to qualify, one of the following must be required to meet their needs:
- sufficient floor space to use a wheelchair indoors
- a second bathroom or kitchen
- another room that is mainly used by the disabled person (for example for providing therapy or storing equipment).
To find out more about the disability discount, read the GOV.UK guidance on Council Tax discounts for disabled people.
To qualify for a severely mentally impaired Council Tax discount, you must be in receipt of:
- Attendance Allowance
- Constant Attendance Allowance
- the high or mid rate care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- an increase in the rate of Disablement Pension
- Incapacity Benefit
- Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support (which includes a disability premium)
- the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Unemployability Supplement
- Unemployability Allowance.
Once we’ve received your application we’ll send a form to your doctor to confirm severe mental impairment.
If the property is only occupied by those that are severely mentally impaired and they would normally be liable to pay the council tax, they will be exempt from payment.
To be considered a carer, you have to care for someone who is receiving:
- Attendance Allowance
- the highest or middle rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance
- the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment
- an increase in the rate of Disablement Pension or
- an increase in Constant Attendance Allowance.
You must also live with the person you’re caring for and provide care for at least 35 hours per week.
You cannot qualify as a carer if the person you are caring for is your partner or if you are a parent caring for a child under the age of 18.
A care worker is someone who:
- provides care or support on behalf of a local authority, the government or a charity
- is employed to provide care for at least 24 hours a week
- is paid £44 or less per week and
- lives in the property provided by their employer or the relevant body.