Council to implement additional council tax support measures for vulnerable households

Posted on 30 March 2020

South Holland District Council is working to offer a new range of support to local residents who are struggling financially due to the impact of Coronavirus, with additional schemes to provide crucial council tax relief for vulnerable households.

Through the Government's new hardship fund, the Council is looking to provide a further reduction in Council Tax for all recipients of the working age local Council Tax Support scheme. 

Over 2,000 households in the District currently receive some level of support through the scheme, with this additional relief providing a reduction of up to £150 on top of any existing support received.

This discount will be automatically applied to your Council Tax bill if you are eligible, and you will receive an updated bill from the Council as soon as possible.

Once this discount has been applied, the Council will then be exploring ways in which further funds can be used to provide additional support to residents in the District, to help ensure that as many people as possible are assisted through this difficult period.

Councillor Peter Coupland, Portfolio Holder for Finance, reaffirmed the Council's commitment to supporting the local community, saying: "These are hard times for everyone, but at South Holland District Council we are continuing to do everything we can to ensure that those who need it the most will receive the vital help and support.

"Our council tax support scheme is a vital lifeline to thousands of families and individuals in the District, and I am extremely proud of the work of our team to ensure these residents continue to receive as much assistance as we can offer.

"It remains important that those who can afford to pay do pay, to keep the District's indispensable services like refuse collection, police and social care running at this time when they are under unprecedented pressure. However if you are in any financial difficulty, please get in touch with us sooner rather than later. Don't just ignore it - there is always help available."

If your circumstances have changed and you think you may be eligible for Council Tax Support please visit www.sholland.gov.uk/resident for more information on the scheme and to find out how much of a discount you may be eligible for. If you are having immediate difficulty paying your Council Tax bill, get in touch with the Council at the earliest opportunity and our experienced advisors will be able to help.

Anyone needing help with things like shopping or collecting prescriptions during the current situation, or just looking for someone to have a friendly chat with, can visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/requesthelp or call 01522 782 189 to request assistance from a local volunteer.