Residents receiving Council Tax support to receive a larger reduction
Bedford Borough Council is working to offer residents who are struggling financially because of the coronavirus pandemic help with their Council Tax.
The Council has a 100% Council Tax Reduction Scheme in place; this means that those with the lowest incomes already do not pay any Council Tax. Following the Government’s announcement of a COVID-19 Council Tax Hardship Fund, the Council is extending the scheme.
Anyone who receives any level of Council Tax support will now receive a further reduction off their bill and in some cases, won’t have to pay any Council Tax at all. This discount will be automatically applied to eligible Council Tax bills, those benefiting from reductions will receive an updated bill.
If a resident’s circumstances have changed and they think they will be eligible for Council Tax Support they can fill in an online form on the Council’s website at www.bedford.gov.uk/counciltaxsupport.
Residents having an immediate difficulty paying their Council Tax bill should get in touch with the Council, and speak to trained advisors who will be able to help.
The Council has a system of crisis grants and hardship support in place for residents who are facing an immediate financial crisis. However, it said that it very important that those who can pay their Council Tax continue to pay as normal, to support the important services in the community.
Adding that council services are under huge pressure, working to deliver care for the vulnerable and elderly, and keeping vital day-to-day operations running.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said:
“We know that some people are facing financial difficulties because of coronavirus. We are working to ensure that those who need it the most, will receive help and support. I am proud that we have continued over many years to ensure that those most in need do not pay any Council Tax at all, and now additional funding is allowing us to increase support further to those that are struggling.
“We always work to make sure that individuals are getting all the support they are entitled to with their Council Tax, and would always encourage anyone in financial difficulty to get in touch with us sooner rather than later. Don’t just ignore it- there is help available.”