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Government grant helps council support vulnerable residents in Preston

Posted on - 21st July, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Housing, Preston Council, Preston News
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A new Government grant will provide relief to residents

As part of its response to COVID-19, the Government has provided local authorities in England with new grant funding to support economically vulnerable people and households in their local area.

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Preston Council has received £1.79 million, which is subject to Government guidance on how it should be spent.

Most of the money will be used for people who have successfully claimed a reduction in their bill this year through the Council Tax Reduction scheme 2020/21. This means they will either have nothing to pay or have their bill reduced by up to a further £150.

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There is no need to apply for this additional support and awards should be posted to individual council tax accounts at the beginning of August 2020.

Any money left over will go to boost the discretionary funds that are being used to help households in hardship because of COVID-19.

For anyone whose circumstances have not been affected by coronavirus, you should continue to pay your Council Tax as detailed on your bill.

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Councillor Martyn Rawlinson, Cabinet member for resources and performance, said: “We would like to thank residents who are able to continue to pay their council tax as their contribution is helping us maintain essential services.

“However, we have taken steps to ensure that we supported our residents through the period of lockdown and through the upcoming weeks when the city is getting back on its feet.

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“If you are struggling financially we can offer advice and assistance, so please get in touch with our advisors.

“Unfortunately we’ve not been able to allocate the council tax hardship payments to accounts as planned, due to unforeseen delays with the software company which are regrettably out of our control.”

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