England - How To Apply for Council Tax Reduction for Disabled People
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
- You should write to or telephone your council if you think you may be entitled to a reduction on your Council Tax. You will need to apply for the reduction; your council will not automatically apply it, even if you receive care and support from social services.
- The council will send you a form to fill in and return. You can also find out about, and in some cases apply for, Council Tax reductions on your local council's website. The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to your local council's website. This service is only available for councils in England.
- A council officer may make an appointment to see you in your home. All council officers have an identification badge; ask to see it before you let them in. The council officer will make notes on what adaptations you have made to your home (if applicable). They may want to see proof of any benefits you receive.
- If you don't receive a visit, you may need to prove that you are disabled. You may need to tell the council your social worker's name or provide some paperwork.
- If you are not receiving any care from social services your doctor may be able to confirm (in writing) that you are disabled. Usually the council will contact your doctor and ask for information after they receive your application.
- If your application is approved
You will see your reduction at the top of your next Council Tax bill. Normally the reduction is backdated to the date you applied. Councils may backdate a reduction if you can demonstrate you were entitled to it before you applied.
- If your application is refused
- If you disagree with the council's decision, you should write to them again setting out why you believe the reduction should apply. The council has two months to change or confirm its decision.
- If you still disagree with the decision, or if you don't get a response within two months, you can appeal to the Valuation Tribunal. This is independent from the council. You should continue to pay your original bill while your appeal is outstanding.
- The appeal process is explained in more detail in the leaflet 'Council Tax - a guide to your bill'.
- Valuing properties that have been adapted for disabled people
- The rules for valuing properties for Council Tax purposes make special provisions for those adapted for physically disabled people. They are separate from the Council Tax reductions for disabled people.
- When a property is valued to decide its Council Tax band, it may have fixtures for a physically disabled person. These fixtures may reduce the value of the property but this will be taken into account. Anything which increases the value of the property will be disregarded.
- Valuations are conducted by the Valuation Office Agency. If you think they may not have accounted for any special fixtures you should contact your local Valuation Office Agency office. You can find contact details on the Valuation Office Agency website.
- Your Identity
- Birth certificate, passport, drivers licence for proof of age
- Residential Proof
- Proof of any benefits you receive.
- Identity documents
You must provide original documents. DVLA wont accept photocopies or laminated certificates.
- United Kingdom (UK) digital passports
- If you hold a digital passport (the photograph and signature appear on the same page), DVLA can confirm your identity with the Identity and Passport Service. You dont have to send your passport to DVLA.
- When applying online youll be asked to provide your nine digit passport number allowing DVLA to confirm your identity.
- If you apply by post, using the D1 'application for a driving licence', write your nine digit passport number and your signature in the 'confirming your identity' section of the D1 form.
- Other types of identification
- DVLA also accepts the following documents as confirmation of your identity. Unlike the digital passport though, you'll need to send your identity document with your application:
- Full valid current passport
- Biometric residence permit (formerly known as the identity card for foreign nationals)
- UK certificate of naturalisation
- Do not send in your passport if you need it within the next month. If this is the case you should consider delaying your licence application until you can send it with your passport to DVLA.
- If youve reached State Pension age, you can provide originals of one of the following in your name:
- Recent (within three months) bank or building society statement showing your pension payment and National Insurance number
- BR2102, BR2103 or BR5899 letter confirming your eligibility for the State Pension
- UK birth and adoption certificates
- UK birth and adoption certificates can also be used, however, as they are not absolute proof of identity, they must be accompanied by one of the following:
- National Insurance card or a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions containing your National Insurance number
- Photocopy of the front page of a benefits book or an original benefits claim letter
- P45, P60 or pay slip
- Marriage certificate or divorce papers (decree nisi or absolute)
- College or university union card or school record
- If you don't have a birth or adoption certificate, or the one that you have doesnt show your full name or country of birth, contact your local register office.
Office Locations & Contacts
- Financial support contacts
If you think you are eligible for Council Tax reduction for disabled people, you should apply to your local council.
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- You may apply for council tax reduction for disabled people either by writing or telephone to your council.
- The council will send you a form to fill in and return.
- The council officer will make notes on what adaptations you have made to your home (if applicable) by visiting to your home. They may want to see proof of any benefits you receive.
- If your application is approved you will see your reduction at the top of your next Council Tax bill.
- If your application is refused you may disagree with the council's decision, you should write to them again setting out why you believe the reduction should apply.
- Full name
- Date of birth
- National Insurance number
- Contact address
- Telephone/Mobile number
- Information about your disability
Need for the Document
You can apply for council tax reduction for disabled people by following below instructions and procedure.
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Other uses of the Document/Certificate
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- Directgov - Council Tax reduction for disabled people - how to apply
- Visit the Council Tax pages of your council website
- Valuation Office Agency website
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