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Government Hardship Fund to support vulnerable households
Today (Tuesday 24 March), Local Government Secretary Rt Hon 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.
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 to 2021 council tax bills of working age people receiving Local
Council Tax Support.
will also be able to use the funding to provide further discretionary support
to vulnerable people through other support arrangements such as Local Welfare
Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:
the necessary financial support to people and families is critical at this
difficult time when many people will be concerned about changes to their
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.”
Fund will support those in receipt of Local Council Tax Support schemes by
reducing their council tax liability for 2020 to 2021.
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.
published today provides clarity to councils on how they can quickly provide
support to those households which require support.
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.