Covid-19 Council tax & benefits

Council Tax

As a result of the  Government’s announcement of a new Hardship Fund to help vulnerable residents to pay their Council Tax, all residents can apply for a payment break of 2 months. If you made your payment in April you can apply for a payment break for May and June 2020. Payments will resume in July, and will be taken over the 9 months from July 2020 to March 2021. You will still pay the same annual total as on your current bill, but over 10 months. If you pay annually, you can still do this.

To apply for a payment break please email hart.counciltax@secure.capita.co.uk or phone 01825 827162.

Working age residents who receive support though the Council Tax Reduction Scheme will also receive a further reduction of up to £150 on their Council Tax bills. This discount will be automatically applied to eligible residents’ accounts.

If you are on a low income, you may be able to get help towards your Council Tax. You can claim Council Tax Support whether you are employed or unemployed and you do not have savings/capital over £16,000 unless you are in receipt of Guaranteed Pension Credit.

Benefits

We are fully aware some people have been directly affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) and have lost income as a result. If you have lost your job, had your hours reduced or unable to work through ill health, you might be entitled to help from the Government.

Benefits you may be able to claim if your income has reduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Universal Credit for assistance with living and housing costs if you are not working or your hours have been reduced. You or your partner must be under State Pension age. How to claim for Universal Credit.

  • Statutory Sick Pay through your employer if you are unable to work due to ill health. How to claim for Statutory Sick pay

  • New Style Employment and Support Allowance. If you are unable to work due to ill health and not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay through an employer (you must have paid National Insurance contributions for the past two to three years to qualify); you must also be under State Pension age. How to claim for New Style Employment and Support Allowance.

  • New Style Jobseekers Allowance. If you are looking for work and you have paid enough National Insurance contributions for the past two to three years; you must be under State Pension age. How to claim for New Style Jobseekers Allowance.

  • Personal Independence Payments. If you have long-term health issues; you must be under State Pension age. How to claim for Personal Independence Payments.

  • Housing Benefit for assistance with your rent costs if you are on a low income. You can claim through our housing benefit form. You must be either State Pension age or have a severe disability premium, or live in supported accommodation or have been placed into temporary accommodation. If this is not the case, you will have to claim for housing costs through Universal Credit.

  • Pension Credit for assistance if you are State Pension age and your income has reduced, find out more on the Government’s Pension Credit webpage.

  • Attendance Allowance if you have long-term health issues; you must be of State Pension age. Find out more on the Government’s Attendance Allowance webpage.

You may be entitled to one or a combination of some of the above. Please note: this list is not exhaustive. To see what you may be entitled to, you can do an online calculation through the entitledto website or contact your local Citizens Advice for assistance.

 

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