Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Household Financial Support

Test and Trace Support Payment

The Government’s Test and Trace Support Payment offers a lump sum payment of £500 to help people on low incomes who are unable to work while they are self-isolating because they have tested positive for coronavirus or been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service.

The Council will be administering the Government scheme in-line with Government guidance.

Find out about Test and Trace Support Payments

Council Tax Deferral Scheme

Residents who are facing difficulties paying their Council Tax bills are being offered a variety of temporary options to defer their payments for a short time.

This scheme is open to anyone who is struggling to pay their Council Tax for the current year (2020/21) because their income (and/or that of their partner) has reduced by 20% or more as a result of Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

Find out about the Council Tax Deferral Scheme

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.

Find out about the COVID-19 Hardship Fund

Free School Meal funding during October half term holiday

The Council has agreed to fund free school meals for eligible children during the October 2020 half-term holiday.

If you have eligible children please wait to be contacted. Schools will be in touch directly to arrange distribution of supermarket food vouchers. 

Council confirms plan for half-term free school meals funding