The Government has announced a £500 million ‘hardship fund' to support those most affected by Coronavirus.
Councils will be able to use the funding to provide council tax relief and discretionary support to vulnerable people through:
- Local Council Tax Support
- Local Welfare Schemes
- A higher level of council tax reduction for Local Tax Support recipients whose annual liability exceeds £150
Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
Providing the necessary financial support to people and families is critical at this difficult time when many people will be concerned about changes to their income.
That’s why we’re giving local councils an additional £500 million, to ensure help is available for the most vulnerable people in our society who are struggling to pay their council tax bills.
The government is on your side and will do whatever takes to help.
The guidance issued to local councils to use when managing this support can be found here: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government