GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS COUNCIL TAX RELIEF FOR VULNERABLE HOUSEHOLDS

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Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has confirmed the Government’s £500 million Hardship Fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus.

The Government has set out that the Hardship Fund, which was announced by the Chancellor at Budget, will go to local authorities in England to enable them to reduce the 2020/21 council tax bills of working age people receiving Local Council Tax Support.

Councils will also be able to use the funding to provide further discretionary support to vulnerable people through other support arrangements such as Local Welfare Schemes.

Robert Jenrick MP has said:

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“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 Hardship Fund will support those in receipt of Local Council Tax Support schemes by reducing their council tax liability for 2020-21.

People in receipt of Local Council Tax Support schemes are recognised as the most vulnerable to changes in income and the Government is committed to ensuring they have the support they need. The guidance published today provides clarity to councils on how they can quickly provide support to those households which require support.

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The announcement comes after the Government confirmed councils will receive an additional £1.6 billion in funding to enable them to respond to other COVID-19 pressures across all the services they deliver, including stepping up support for the adult social care workforce and for services helping the most vulnerable, including homeless people.

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Golly
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So who they class as on local council tax support?!! Jam rolls again I suppose!

Seay
Seay
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All those who have produced a huge batch of useless clones to be charity kept, forever one expects.

Ebby
Ebby
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We should all get council tax support, I get nothing for my council tax, even have to sort the rubbish, which infuriates me.

Richard Kenward
Richard Kenward
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You get rubbish collection, policing, lighting in the streets and doubtless more. Sad that you don’t feel able to manage to sort out your rubbish as your small contribution to looking after our World without moaning about it!

Mojo
Mojo
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Seems to me those who already get all the support will get even more
What about the others ,self employed for instance

Desmond White
Desmond White
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This does not help the people who have now lost their jobs or the self employed , who now don’t have work .
The Isle of Wight Council will still want payment on time from self employed people like myself who have had a huge drop in money with no other financial income . How many others like myself will be threatened with court action ?

Mrs brown
Mrs brown
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So the people/family’s who struggle to pay the council tax already won’t get any help then. WHAT A JOKE! MONEY GRABBING BASTARDS!

Old bean
Old bean
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Doesn’t the government think that everyone been hit in the pocket by this horrible everyone oops but not the mp they will get paid 100percent

Old bean
Old bean
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Horrible virus

Working Person
Working Person
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Hear they go again, lets support those who already drain the system, lets support those who won’t have to worry about their rent, because we pay for that, lets support those who are not being laid off, who are not being made redundant who sit on their backsides thinking of different ways to claim even more benefits.!!! and lets face it they pay very little council tax to start with, but that’s ok we’ll pick up that bill as well. Why don’t the bloody council do something constructive for a change and think of ways to actually help people who are trying to keep a roof over their heads and feed their families, whilst having the threat of losing their jobs. Better still why doesn’t someone answer the phone at the council offices, or is that number just some empty random phone box on the Island that’s ringing in the middle of nowhere!!!

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