The Government have announced a £500 million Hardship Fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus. Find out more.

The Hardship Fund will support those in receipt of Local Council Tax Support schemes by reducing their council tax liability for 2020 to 2021.

All councils have their own schemes providing support to working age council tax payers.  The level of support is decided by the council, taking account of local circumstances, but will provide a reduction on council tax bills to lower income households, taking account of income and savings.

Billing authorities will also want to establish their own local approach to using any remaining grant to assist those in need, as part of wider local support mechanisms. These may include, but are not restricted to:

  • council tax relief using existing discretionary discount/hardship policies
  • provision of support outside of the council tax system through Local Welfare or similar schemes
  • offering a higher level of council tax reduction for working-age Local Council Tax Support recipients whose annual liability exceeds £150

Full details can be found on the Government;s website including details of how to find out more.