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Article date - 07 April 2020
Those in need of support with Council Tax bills could benefit from a council tax reduction scheme from St Helens Council.
The scheme can help towards the cost of council tax for people on a low income or claim certain benefits including Universal Credit. This means that those who may have lost work or money due to coronavirus could benefit from these means of help.
The Government has also announced a hardship fund which will add further support to those who can receive support from the Council Tax reduction scheme. The funding is intended to provide extra support to existing working-age claimants who currently get a reduction to Council Tax.
There is also support for those who may have issues paying Council Tax by Direct Debit. Find out how to have payment instalments adjusted on 01744 675255.
Councillor Martin Bond, Cabinet member for Finance, said: “We know that the effects of this unprecedented time are impacting on many people in our borough and as a council we are trying to do all we can to mitigate the financial burden some now feel. Just as coronavirus does not discriminate there are many people who are finding themselves in financial positions they would never have imagined just months ago.
“That is why we want to make sure that everyone knows about the Council Tax support available. With an extra £1.9m from Government it means we can offer extra support to those people at a time when they need it the most such as help to find work through our outstanding Ways 2 Work team who are helping people find work even now. As a council we will do all we can to support the people who need our help.”
If you are already receiving Council Tax reduction support the additional help will be automatically applied to your bills.
To find out more about the Council Tax reduction scheme visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/council-tax/reduce-your-bill/