Extra £2.6m for local authorities to support Council Tax Reduction Scheme

Friday November 27th, 2020

With large numbers of households facing reduced income or unemployment due to the pandemic, the scheme continues to provide a lifeline to many low income households across Wales.

This additional funding takes the total amount of COVID-19 support for the scheme to nearly £5.5m, helping local authorities to manage the increase in demand without compromising the services they already provide.

The Welsh Government continues to work with the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) and local authorities to understand the longer term effects of increased demand on the scheme and to assess the extent of any decline in council tax collection on local authorities.

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said:

The additional funding I am announcing today will provide local authorities with the financial reassurance they need to continue to support those who need it most through our Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible for help with their council tax bills to contact their council for advice.

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