COVID-19 Hardship Fund

The Government has announced the creation of a £500m Hardship Fund for local authorities to administer, providing support to “economically vulnerable people and households”.

The Government has now provided the Council with the guidance necessary for the Council to begin to administer a scheme. The guidance requires that all working age recipients of Local Council Tax Support will receive additional Council Tax support of at least £150. The Council is then able to use the remaining funds to provide support to new claimants, suffering financial hardship as a result of Covid-19.

The Council’s Hardship Fund scheme:

  • All current Working Age recipients of Local Council Tax Support will receive additional Council Tax Support of £200, to be deducted from their 2020/21 Council Tax bill
  • Any new recipients with eligible claims for Council Tax Support will receive additional Council Tax Support of £200 to be deducted from their 2020/21 Council Tax bill
  • Where the 2020/21 Council Tax bill is less than £200, the bill will be reduced to zero.
  • Where a 2020/21 Council Tax bill has been paid or partially paid and the application of the additional support generates a credit, a refund will be issued.
  • New bills will be issued to reflect the additional Council Tax support.

For those already in receipt of Local Council Tax Support, you do not need to contact the Council we will apply the additional support as soon as possible.

If your circumstances have changed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, such as you’ve lost a significant part of your household’s income, you may be entitled to Council Tax Support. For any new Council Tax Support claimants, please fill out the Council Tax Support form:

Council Tax Support Form