New Hardship Fund

At the Spring Budget 2020 the Chancellor announced a new £500 million Hardship Fund in England. On 24 March 2020, it was confirmed the Hardship Fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected by Coronavirus.

This means that the money will go to local authorities in England to enable them to reduce the 2020-21 council tax bills of working age people receiving Local Council Tax Support.

Councils can also use the funding to provide further discretionary support to vulnerable people through other support arrangements such as Local Welfare Schemes.

Councils have also been told they will receive an additional £1.6 billion in funding to enable them to respond to other COVID-19 pressures, including stepping up support for the adult socials care workforce and for services helping the most vulnerable, including homeless people.

The funding for the Hardship Fund may need to be increased in the coming months as the full impact of COVID-19 becomes apparent.

Posted by Cassey Nixon on

30th March 2020

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