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Extra financial support for some households

May 29, 2020 7:46 PM

Some Wiltshire residents of working age will pay less council tax due to a Government-funded scheme to protect people from the financial impact of COVID-19.

This latest support package, which is being managed locally by Wiltshire Council, is aimed at working age families who already qualify for council tax reduction but still have to pay some council tax.

Government has provided the funding to local authorities in England of £500 million, of which Wiltshire will be receiving just over £3m.

There are currently more than 16,000 working age households in receipt of a council tax reduction in Wiltshire, and around 11,000 of those will qualify for additional financial support.

The scheme ensures that anyone who qualifies for council tax reduction will receive a further reduction of £150 in addition to their current council tax benefit. The scheme will not put accounts in credit, so those already in receipt of a 100% reduction will not be affected.

It also applies to those who are successful in claiming council tax reduction for the first time who may need some short-term support, before they return to work.

Qualifying households will shortly receive a new council tax bill for 2020/21 confirming they have been awarded a further reduction.

If anyone has any questions they should call 0300 456 0109 or email counciltax@wiltshire.gov.uk.

The council previously gave all households in Wiltshire the chance to defer paying council tax for up to two months should they have requested it. Around 5,800 households took up the offer.