Extra financial support for vulnerable Wiltshire households
By Matthew McLaughlin in Wiltshire Times
Some residents in Wiltshire of working age will pay less council tax due to a government scheme to support people from the impact of coronavirus.
Wiltshire Council has been given £3m in funding form the government to support economically vulnerable households.
This latest support package, which is managed by the council, is aimed at working age families who already qualify for council tax reduction.
Across the county there are more than 16,000 working age households in receipt of council tax reductions, of which around 11,000 qualify for the additional financial support under this scheme.
The scheme ensures that anyone who qualifies for council tax reduction will receive a further reduction of £150 in addition to their current council tax benefit.
The scheme will not put accounts in credit, so those already in receipt of a 100 per cent reduction will not be affected.
It also applies to those who are successful in claiming council tax reduction for the first time who may need some short-term support, before they return to work.
Cllr Philip Whitehead, leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "Covid-19 has left some people struggling financially and this extra money will provide support and hopefully ease the pressure for those who are already in a particularly vulnerable situation.
"We know this is such a difficult time, and we're doing all we can help people get through it and ensuring this money gets to those who need it most."
Qualifying households will shortly be sent a new council tax bill for 2020/21 by Wiltshire Council confirming they have been awarded a further reduction.
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