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Council Tax Disablement Relief

You may be entitled to a reduction if your home is adapted for someone with a disability.

You may be entitled to a reduction of your Council Tax if your home has certain adaptations for an adult or child with a disability.

Please read the application criteria below, before you apply.

If we approve your application, we will reduce your bill to the next band down. For example, if your home is in band D, your bill will be reduced to the amount for a band C property.

How to apply

Applying for yourself

Applying on behalf of somebody else

You can apply for someone else. Choose “Continue without registering” to access your form

Application criteria for disablement relief

For disablement relief the property must:

  • be the only, or the main, residence of a qualifying person
  • meet the needs of their disability

‘Qualifying person’ - means someone who is substantially and permanently disabled.

‘Required to meet the needs’ - means anything essential or very important for the qualifying person’s wellbeing because of their disability.

Property criteria

There must be either:

  • a room (not a bathroom, kitchen or toilet) which meets the needs of a qualifying person who lives at the property and is used predominantly by them
  • an extra bathroom or extra kitchen which is required to meet the needs of a qualifying person who lives at the property
  • enough floor space to use a wheelchair, if one is required to meet the needs of a qualifying person who lives at the property

Where there’s a specific room to meet the person’s needs (not a bathroom, kitchen or toilet), this room’s main purpose must be directly related to the person’s disability. Examples may include a room which:

  • contains equipment such as a dialysis machine or braille equipment
  • is used for therapy relating to their disability

A ground floor bedroom is unlikely to qualify if it functions only as a bedroom.

Contact us about council tax

Revenues and Benefits Service

London Borough of Waltham Forest 
PO Box 856 
London 
E17 9PN 

Complete the council tax enquiry form