Sunday, 12 April 2020


Local authorities across the country are rolling out plans to offer people breaks from council tax during the coronavirus crisis.

As a result, hundreds of thousands of homes could find themselves eligible for a holiday from their bill for a few months.

Some 30% of local authorities asked by The Sun said they were offering payment holidays - with bills not due until June in Birmingham, Chemsford, Rutland, Shropshire and Wiltshire among others.

A spokesperson for the Local Government Association said: “Residents should check with their council to find out what support is on offer for them.

“Councils are working hard to ensure hardship funding reaches those who need them as quickly as possible."

The tax holiday has been made possible by a £500 million hardship fund set up by central government designed to be used by councils to help those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Local authorities will use the money to support working age people who are on a Local Council Tax Support scheme. Their council tax could be slashed by £150 a year.

Those who already pay less than £150 a year will not pay council tax at all. use the cash, meaning some are more generous than others.

The Local Government Association advised residents to check their council website to see who qualifies for a tax break.

“This funding has meant councils can provide much-needed support to households on the lowest incomes by quickly reducing or removing the need for them to pay council tax," the LGA spokseperson said.

“Some councils have also delayed collecting payment of council tax until June, bringing forward the two months residents don’t pay the bill to the beginning of the calendar year.”

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