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Council Tax Covid-19 Hardship Fund

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government announced in the budget on March 11, that it would provide local authorities in England with £500m of new grant funding to support economically vulnerable people and households in their local area. The majority of the hardship fund will be used to provide council tax relief, alongside existing local council tax support schemes.

Billing authorities will provide all recipients of working age local council tax support, during the financial year 2020-21. There will also be a further reduction in their annual council tax bill of £150, using their discretionary powers to reduce the liability of council tax payers outside of their formal local council tax scheme design.

We are now able to state that we will provide all recipients of working age local council tax support, during the financial year 2020-21, with a £300 reduction in their annual council tax bill.

We are using our local discretionary powers to increase the minimum £150 reduction advised by Government to a total of £300 per household for those in receipt of working age local council tax support.

This much needed support for claimants will be processed without the need for an application and revised council tax bills confirming the reduction will be sent to eligible households in due course. Please continue to pay your existing amount until your new bill is received.

If you are not in receipt of local council tax support and are suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic, please complete the Covid-19 Council Tax Hardship Application Form (Doc 32KB / 4 Pages).

Return the form to counciltax@southlakeland.gov.uk.

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