North East Lincolnshire Council

Council tax disability reduction

If a disabled person lives at your address you may be entitled to a council tax disability reduction, which would mean a discount on your council tax bill.

A disability reduction is only awarded if a member of your household is substantially and permanently disabled, whether by illness, injury, congenital deformity or otherwise and at least one of the following facilities is in your property in order to meet that persons needs:

  • a room which is not a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or lavatory, which is used predominantly by any disabled resident of the dwelling and is required for meeting their needs (the room may be used for providing therapy or otherwise specific to the disability and care of the disabled resident)
  • an additional bathroom or kitchen (i.e. one which is not the only bathroom or kitchen within the dwelling) which is required for meeting the needs of any disabled resident of the dwelling
  • sufficient floor space to permit the use of and use is made of a wheelchair indoors, which is required for meeting the needs of any disabled resident of the dwelling.

If none of the above facilities are present in the property you will not qualify. We will be required to make an inspection to check the eligibility of your application.

About disability reduction

This reduction exists to make sure people do not pay more council tax for extra space or facilities needed for someone with a disability. However, it does not apply if the only part of your home that has been adapted is your normal kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

If you have been granted a disability reduction, this will appear on the front of your bill. This reduction is achieved by applying the next lowest valuation band to the property when calculating the charge, in other words a property in Band C will be charged at Band B. Bills for Band A, the lowest band, properties will be reduced by one-sixth of the charge.

Apply for the disability reduction

If you think you are eligible and would like to apply for a reduction then complete our Apply for a Council Tax discount or exemption or contact the council tax team.

Council Tax Liability and Billing team (telephone and postal enquiries only), Local Taxation and Benefits, Municipal Offices, Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HU

Email: counciltax@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 0300 3030164 option 5

Telephone opening times: Monday to Friday 9 am to 4:30 pm, except bank holidays