Please see below COVID-10 related updates regarding Council Tax assistance, Crime prevention and the latest newsletter from Dignifying Dementia.
The government have set up a £500m Council tax: COVID-19 hardship fund 2020 to 2021 following the budget on 11th March 2020. The fund is designed to support economically vulnerable people and households in their local area.As part of the COVID-19 hardship fund Bury MBC received £1.8m based on the Working Age Caseload (2019/20 Q3 submission) being 8,741.The Government recognises that COVID-19 is likely to cause fluctuations in household incomes and recognises that, as a result, some individuals may struggle to meet council tax payments. Councils will already have established their local council tax support schemes for 2020-21. The Government therefore expects that billing authorities will primarily use their grant allocation to reduce the council tax liability of individuals in their area, using their discretionary powers under s13A(1)(c) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. Councils may also want to use some funding to deliver increased financial assistance through other local support mechanisms, having considered local circumstances.The Council intend to use £1m to be allocated to applying a further £150 credit to existing Council Tax Support Receipts – there will be no application for this. It is the Government’s intention that any assistance provided from the council tax hardship fund will not affect the eligibility of recipients for other benefits.We attach for your reference the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Briefing note – COVID 19 hardship fund 2020 to 2021 which will provide you with everything you need to know regarding the fund.