Mendip District Council is to provide additional Council Tax reductions worth an extra £250,000 million to hundreds of the district’s most vulnerable people and households.
A Mendip spokesperson said: “The aim is to ease the financial burden on those Mendip residents who are already in most need and unable to go to work, due to restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The measures mean eligible residents of working age, in receipt of Council Tax Support, will get an immediate, one-off discount of £150 extra – which will further reduce their 2020/21 Council Tax bill.
“The support, financed centrally through the Government’s £500m Hardship Fund for Local Authorities, was agreed unanimously by the Council’s Cabinet who met on Monday. The fund will supplement Mendip’s existing relief schemes.
“Mendip is prepared for a substantial increase in residents claiming council tax support who will also benefit from this £150 extra discount.
“If you’re eligible for the Additional Hardship Discount for the 2020/2021 tax year, you should get a new Council Tax bill in the coming weeks.
“If you’re not yet receiving Council Tax Support, are on a low income and think you may be eligible, you should contact the council.
“In particular, if you’re claiming Universal Credit for the first time, you may also be eligible to claim.
“Check your eligibility and get help here through the council’s website www.mendip.gov.uk/counciltaxsupport.”