Up to £85 extra support for vulnerable people struggling to pay Council Tax


The money is in addition to £50 already received by those who receive Council Tax Support

People who receive Council Tax Support, who still have money outstanding for the current year’s Council Tax, are set to receive up to £85 as a credit on their account.

Cherwell District Council received the money to support economically vulnerable households in the district with their council tax payments.   £164,691 came from the government with Oxfordshire County Council matching this amount, making £329,382 of funding available.

Some 2,870 people in receipt of Council Tax Support received a £50 credit to their accounts up until September 30 last year.   Awards to those who qualify will continue until the end of the financial year.

At last night’s Executive Meeting Councillors agreed to allocate the remaining money, which must be distributed before March 31.

Those receiving Council Tax Support as at November 16, 2023, who still have a balance to be paid for 2023/24, will receive a further amount of up to £85 as a credit.

Councillor Adam Nell, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance, said: “One of our core goals is to help our vulnerable residents cope with the ongoing high cost of living.

“This new policy is about giving vital assistance to those who qualify for Council Tax Support. We want to ease their money worries and help out those going through tough times. This extra financial support should undoubtedly help them.

“We care about our residents and communities and are here to support everyone who needs it.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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