Help for people struggling to pay their council tax

Help for people struggling to pay their council tax

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:19am 27th March 2020.

Dorset Council has announced plans to support those struggling to pay their council tax.

£2.6 million pounds have been allocated to Dorset Council to help the most vulnerable residents as part of the government's £500 million Covid-19 Hardship Fund.

They are asking you to get in touch with them if your financial situation has changed, which means you will be have difficulty paying.

Priority will be given to working age residents who already receive Council Tax support.

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Funding will go towards giving those people a further discount of up to £150.

Cllr Tony Ferrari, Portfolio Holder for Finance, Commercial and Assets at Dorset Council, said:
 
"Those who will benefit initially don't need to do anything, we will issue revised bills for them as soon as we can.
 
"Our revenues and benefits team are working with partners to understand who will benefit and how much they will receive.

"Then we will consider how to make relief available to others in hardship with what is left of our allocation." 

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'How to get help'
 

Dorset Council says any remaining funds will be allocated to those most in need throughout the financial year. 

The authority says it's unable to cancel council tax payments during the outbreak because it pays for essential services that are vitally important to Dorset's vulnerable people.

If you think you may qualify for council tax support you can visit the council's website.

For West and South areas, call 01305 211970 or email revenueservices@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.
If you live in the East or North area please email svpp@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or call 0345 034 4569.