North East Derbyshire District Council is offering a hardship fund reduction of up to £200 to all working age residents who have existing claims or when making a new claim for Council Tax Reduction.
The Government has created a £500 million Hardship Fund to provide Council Tax relief to help those affected most by coronavirus.
The authority is able to help out its residents who need it most with up to a £200 hardship award.
Guidance issued by the Government to each Council advises that they have a strong expectation that an amount of up to £150 will be allocated to the Council Tax accounts of working age residents who are eligible for, and receiving Council Tax Reduction.
However, the amount that North East Derbyshire District Council have been allocated means that they are able to allocate up to £200 to each qualifying Council Tax account, instead of up to £150.
The hardship awards are available to working age residents that have received Council Tax Reduction during the current financial year and amended Council Tax bills have been sent out.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Paul Parkin, said, “The coronavirus pandemic has affected all of us and we are thankfully in a position where we can help out those residents of working age who may be struggling financially. Being able to offer each of our residents up to £200 if they successfully apply for a Council Tax Reduction will help our residents who are in need”.
“We are always looking to do everything we can to help get our residents and businesses in our district back on track.”
If you are working age and make a new claim for Council Tax Reduction at any time up to 31st March 2021 you will automatically be awarded a hardship payment of up to £200 if you are entitled to it.
Residents can find out more about the eligibility criteria for Council Tax Support on the authority's website.