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Are you missing out on a council tax reduction?

Wednesday July 29th, 2020

With more people than ever facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus crisis, Finance Minister Rebecca Evans is urging everyone to check if they are eligible for help with paying their council tax bills.Government Opportunities

The Welsh Government’s flagship Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) already supports almost 300,000 low-income households in Wales every year with their council tax bills.

You may be entitled to pay less council tax if:

you believe you live on a low income

you live alone, or with people/children who do not pay council tax
you are a student
you are disabled
you are severely mentally impaired

Ensuring that vulnerable households are benefiting from the help they are entitled to is a priority for the Welsh Government. Last year, the Finance Minister commissioned independent research to understand the impact of the UK government’s Universal Credit on the CTRS and rent arrears in Wales.

The final report out today shows that for many households in Wales, the move to Universal Credit can have a negative impact on council tax reduction awards, council tax debt or rent arrears. The report also provides more detail about some of the options for making changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme and highlights the difficulties some households face in understanding the Universal Credit system as well as its relationship with the CTRS.

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