Southport Town Hall. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

People struggling to pay their Council Tax during the COVID-19 outbreak can apply for help after a £3million grant from the government.

Sefton Council will receive a grant of £3.037million as part of £500million available nationally from the government’s emergency Council Tax Hardship Fund.

Any residents who are of working age, and have had their bill reduced by an award of Council Tax Reduction, will be eligible for relief of at least £150 from the fund.

The local authority will make a decision on a case by case basis for any relief above £150, taking into account the funding available.

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A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “This relief will reduce Council Tax bills for eligible claimants for the financial year of 2020/2021.

“Any eligible council tax bills will be re-issued once the relief has been applied.

“Any balance remaining from the £3million will be added to the Council’s Council Tax Exceptional Hardship Payment Fund.

“This fund can be applied for by anyone who is responsible for Council Tax who is suffering financial hardship.”

For more information on this please visit:  www.sefton.gov.uk/council-tax/council-tax-hardship-fund-(covid-19)

 

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