First residents benefit from government hardship fund

More than 9,000 working age Bexley residents on low incomes have received new Council Tax bills showing a reduction of £150, thanks to a special Government hardship fund.

Residents did not need to apply for the payments, which were made automatically to all those eligible for the borough’s working age Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

"This additional support to help households on low incomes by reducing their Council Tax bills will be welcome at this difficult and uncertain time. It is one of a range of measures put in place by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic and I would encourage anyone experiencing hardship or worrying about their finances to seek help, advice and support,” said Councillor David Leaf, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Resources.

The bills sent out this week replace those originally issued to residents in March.

Where a taxpayer’s bill is less than £150, their Council Tax bill will be reduced to nil. A similar adjustment will be made for new working age claimants, for as long as the funding allows.

Further help with money advice and support