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Hardship Fund

Coronavirus: Council Tax

Council Tax payers who pay their council tax instalments over 10 months can contact us and we will extend their payments to 12 months in the financial year. Please call us on 01283 508030 or email council.tax@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk to extend your instalment payments.

Council Tax payers who receive Council Tax Reduction due to receiving low incomes will soon be entitled to a reduction in their Council Tax via the Hardship Fund recently announced by Government.

We collect Council Tax on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, Fire, Police and Parishes. It is vitally important that Council Tax payers continue to pay in accordance with the instalments shown on their bills so that local services can continue to be provided and vulnerable people in our society can be supported, especially during the current pandemic.

The Council is working to ensure that the Council Tax Hardship Fund, announced by Government in its March budget, will support over 3,800 residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

We will be using the majority of this hardship fund to provide residents, who are of working age and already receive council tax support, with up to £150 off their council tax bills over the 2020 to 2021 financial year.

The Council will apply this reduction automatically to all households that are eligible for the fund as of 1st April 2020.

A portion of the government funding will be set aside for any new council tax support claims it may receive.

In addition to the hardship fund, households on a low income may be eligible for a reduction in the council tax they pay through the Council’s existing Council Tax Reduction Scheme.