Disabilty Reduction

Council Tax reduction for people with a disability


  • Who is eligible for a Disability Reduction.
  • How to apply for a Disability Reduction.
  • What happens once you apply.
  • What you need to do if you move house or if your circumstances change.

Your Council Tax can be reduced if at least one person living in your home has a disability or where your home has certain features that are essential to the disabled person.

The amount of reduction you can receive is worked out by your "valuation band" and the reduction is to lower your band to the next lowest from the band you are on now. For example, your home could be a band C and the reduction would take it to a band B

If your home is already band A then you would still get a discount.

Who is eligible for a disability reduction?

To be able to claim the Disability Reduction your home must have one of these:

  • A room, but not a bathroom, a kitchen or a toilet, which is mainly for the disabled person to use. (For example, a therapy or treatment room.)
  • An extra bathroom or kitchen for the disabled person
  • A room inside for the disabled person to use a wheelchair.

We also have to ask that if this room was not available in the home what effect it would have on the disabled person, so for example:

  • Would the disabled person find it impossible or extremely difficult to live there;
  • Would the persons health or disability be made more severe.


How can I apply? 

To apply please complete our online form.

Apply for a Disability Reduction


What happens once I apply? 

As part of the process in making a decision we would normally visit your home so a contact telephone number would really help us get in touch with you.

If you qualify we will send you a new bill showing your reduction and the amount left to pay. Until you get your new bill please keep paying your usual amount.


What should I do if I move/my circumstances change? 

If your circumstances change please let us know straight away as failure to do so could lead to a fine.

You can email us council.tax@colchester.gov.uk or your can complete our online form.


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