Council Tax Hardship Fund (Covid-19)

Covid 19: Important information on the Council Tax Hardship Fund

Sefton Council have been awarded a government grant to help residents who may be struggling to pay their Council Tax during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sefton will receive a grant of £3.037m as part of £500m available nationally from the government’s emergency Council Tax Hardship Fund.

Any residents who are of working age, and have had their bill reduced by an award of Council Tax Reduction, will be eligible for relief of at least £150 from the fund. Amended Council Tax bills showing this reduction will be re-issued by Friday 15th May, 2020.

The local authority will make a decision on a case by case basis for any relief above £150, taking into account the funding available.

To complete a Council Tax Reduction Application Form, click here

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “This relief will reduce Council Tax bills for eligible claimants for the financial year of 2020/2021.

“Any eligible council tax bills will be re-issued by Friday 15th May 2020 when the relief has been applied.

“Any balance remaining from the £3m will be added to the Council’s Council Tax Exceptional Hardship Payment Fund.

“This fund can be applied for by anyone who is responsible for Council Tax who is suffering financial hardship.”

 For more information on this visit the following webpage  

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax, please contact us by email here so that payments can be reviewed based on your circumstances.


Last Updated on Monday, January 4, 2021

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