Council tax: COVID-19 hardship fund 2020 to 2021 - guidance

Guidance to billing authorities on using their allocation from the hardship fund to deliver financial support, including reduced council tax bills, to economically vulnerable residents in their area.


Council tax: COVID-19 hardship fund 2020 to 2021 - local authority guidance

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As part of its response to COVID-19, the government announced in the Budget on 11 March that it would provide local authorities in England with £500 million of new grant funding to support economically vulnerable people and households in their local area.

This document provides guidance to authorities about the operation and delivery of the relief.

Published 24 March 2020