Disabled Persons Allowance in Northern Ireland
You may be able to get a 25% disability-related reduction in your domestic rates if your home has one of the following features:
- An extra bathroom or kitchen for the person who is disabled to use.
- A room which is 'predominantly' used by the disabled person. For example, it could be a downstairs room in a two-storey house which the disabled person has to use as a bedroom. Or it could be a room that has been adapted specifically for the disabled person to use.
- Sufficient floor space so that the disabled person can use a wheelchair in the home.
You will also need to show that this feature is essential, or of major importance, to the well being of the person who is disabled. You must be able to show that the room or space is needed because of the person's disability and that they would not need it if they were not disabled. In this sense the room or space must be 'extra'. However, you do not need to have specially adapted a room or to have built a new room.
This allowance is not means tested. Therefore you do not need to provide information about your income and savings to be eligible.
To find out more and to apply for the reduction go to NI Direct's Disabled Persons Allowance guide.