Council Tax - band reductions
also known as: Band reductions, Disabled relief.
The amount of Council Tax you pay may be reduced if you have a disabled person living in your home.
Conditions for disabled band relief
You will qualify for a reduction so long as the disabled person
is resident in the property and it has one of the following:
- A room used predominately by the disabled
(This must be a room that is not a
kitchen, bathroom, lavatory or a bedroom in normal use. For
example, the room may be used for housing a dialysis machine or
other special equipment; it may be a downstairs room taken out of
normal domestic use and used as a bedroom and/or living room by a
disabled person unable to climb stairs.)
- A second bathroom or kitchen
(An extra bathroom or kitchen, which is
essential, or of major importance, to the well-being of the
disabled person because of the extent of their
- Space to use a wheelchair
(Where space has been allowed for the
disabled person to use a wheelchair indoors.)
The facilities need to be of major importance to the well-being
of the disabled person because of the extent of their
To apply you will need to fill in an application form.
You can also request this by calling the Contact
Centre on 0845 600 6400.
Return this form to ;
Council Tax Section
Northumberland County Council
What happens next ?
Once we have your application an Inspections Officer will
contact you to arrange a time to inspect the property in order to
assess it for Disabled Band Reduction.
You will be notified in writing of the outcome of your
What happens if I qualify for disabled band
If you are awarded Disabled Band Reduction you will receive a
reduction in your council tax equivalent to being charged at the
next lowest valuation band.
For example if your property were in Band C you would be charged
council tax of a Band B property. If you are in Band A your
reduction is equivalent to 1/9 the charge of an average Band D