The Government announced a £500 million hardship fund to help working age people, who get Council Tax Reduction (CTR), pay their council tax bill in the year 20/21 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
We are currently using this fund to award a discount of up to £150 to working age customers who receive CTR in the year 20/21. This does not include residents who only receive a discount or exemption, e.g single person’s discount.
It will be a one off payment automatically credited to your account and will show on your bill as a credit of “Council Tax Discretionary relief”.
We are also ;
using the fund to provide extra support to anyone whose Council Tax Reduction has been affected by the Central Government increases to the Universal Credit standard allowance and Working Tax Credits and for self-employed customers whose earnings have been significantly affected by the COVID-19 crisis, by considering awards based on actual earnings and incomes
These awards will also show on the Council Tax bill as a ‘Council Tax Discretionary relief’ and should also include an amount in respect of the £150 hardship mentioned above
These approaches may adapt and change as the months go by. Keep an eye on our website for regular updates
Teignbridge already provides 100% support to residents on a low income, If you are in receipt of a Council Tax Reduction and your council tax charge is nil, then no reduction will be made. If you're in receipt of a Council Tax Reduction and your remaining council tax charge is less than £150.00, then your charge will be reduced to nil.
This fund will help those who are not in receipt of full support and will reduce the amount they have to pay during these difficult times.