MILLIONS of Brits are set to get their council tax bills slashed by £150 this year because of the coronavirus crisis.
Ministers today revealed that working age Brits who get Council Tax Support will be able to get help paying their bills.
A £500 million Hardship Fund will provide support to those who need it most, the Government said today.
New bills should be being issued in the coming weeks too.
The Government expects councils to use the extra cash to reduce everyone’s bill by £150 a year.
And if they have a bill for less than that, they won’t pay council tax at all.
Councils will also be able to use the funding to provide further discretionary support to vulnerable people who need it through local schemes.
Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said today: “Providing the necessary financial support to people and families is critical at this difficult time when many people will be concerned about changes to their income.
“That’s why we’re giving local councils an additional £500 million, to ensure help is available for the most vulnerable people in our society who are struggling to pay their council tax bills.
“The government is on your side and will do whatever takes to help.”
Souncils will receive an additional £1.6 billion in funding to enable them to respond to other COVID-19 pressures across all the services they deliver, including for adult social care workforce and for services helping the most vulnerable, including homeless people.