Initial £150 council tax reduction for residents on low incomes

Central government has allocated an initial £150 reduction on annual council tax bills for low-income residents in the Borough as part of its response to COVID-19.

Over 1,800 tax payers will now receive the reduction on their bills for the 2020/21 financial year, announced as part of £500m of new hardship grant funding nationwide.

The awards will be made as soon as possible and all eligible claimants will receive a confirmation letter. Residents should not call us for further information, but email

The government outlined in its Budget on March 11 that it would provide local authorities in England with the fund which has seen us allocated £515,389.

This will now further support working-age residents who currently receive help from our Council Tax reduction scheme.

Our Leader Cllr Simon Robinson said: “We’re pleased to announce that under this fund we will be initially awarding a maximum of £150 per household, who are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction from 1 April 2020, towards their Council Tax bill.

“Over 1,800 tax payers should benefit from this and we are actively looking at further council tax support measures that aim to help individuals who are particularly suffering with financial hardship at this difficult time.

“There is no requirement currently for a separate claim under this scheme. We will assess who is eligible for support from the hardship fund and automatically credit their accounts.

“The awards will be made this week and all eligible claimants will receive a confirmation letter.”