Lone pensioner allowance and disabled persons allowance statistics

Land & Property Services (LPS) process applications from ratepayers for Lone Pensioner Allowance (LPA) and Disabled Persons Allowance (DPA). These statistics provide information on the number of persons and net amount awarded each year in Northern Ireland.

Lone pensioner allowance

Ratepayers aged 70 or over who live alone may be entitled to 20 per cent discount on their rates. LPS process applications from ratepayers who own their own home whilst the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) process applications from ratepayers who rent their homes.

LPS hold details on individual awards of LPA made by LPS and on the total amount of LPA awarded by NIHE.

Latest statistics

As of 31 March 2021, 31,834 owner-occupiers were awarded LPA totaling £6,891,506 across Northern Ireland.

The number of people and the net amount of LPA awarded from 2010 to 2021 by district council, for those owning their own home, is provided in the link below. Information from the NIHE on those who rent their own home is also provided.

Disabled persons allowance

Where a property has been suitably adapted or has additional features to accommodate a disabled person's special needs, a ratepayer may be entitled to 25 per cent discount in their rates in the form of disabled persons allowance. DPA is an application based relief which is not means tested.

Latest statistics

As of 31 March 2021, there were 11,778 properties where DPA was awarded, totaling £4,069,383 across Northern Ireland.

The number of properties in receipt of DPA and net amount awarded, from 2010 to 2020 by district council is provided in the link below:

Future updates

These tables will be updated annually in June.

Page last updated: 23 June 2021

Revisions to published statistics

Annual figures may be revised, if necessary. Any revisions from the figures published in the previous year will be detailed at the bottom of the relevant table.

Quality Reports

This section provides information on the quality of data used to produce the LPA & DPA statistics.

Contact us

Responsible Statistician: Patrick Smyth
Email: lps.statisticsbranch@finance-ni.gov.uk

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