Trafford Council is increasing efforts to give financial support to working age residents towards their Council Tax bill.
From this week the Council will be using the coronavirus funding available to give all working age residents who were eligible for Council Tax Support on 11 March 2020 a 100% reduction off their 2020-21 bill.
This will mean those eligible will have nothing to pay this financial year and the Council is now aiming to apply this reduction to the majority of accounts within the next two weeks.
As all Council Tax recovery was suspended for 12 weeks at the start of the outbreak, eligible residents will now receive their revised nil charge bill before the suspension is lifted. Those who already have an online account will be able to log on to check when the extra support is on their bill. If you haven’t signed up yet, this is recommended as phone lines are extremely busy, and you can do so on our OPENportal.
For Trafford residents not currently in receipt of Council Tax Support, help may still be available towards Council Tax bills where people are no longer working and/or are on a low income. Full information and details of how to apply can be found on the Council website.
If your income is currently uncertain or you are waiting to hear about benefits or clarification from HMRC, you can still apply for assistance and provide further information later, or you can wait and apply once you have all your information. Claims will automatically be started from 1 April 2020 as long as an online claim form is received by 31 May 2020.
Cllr Tom Ross, Trafford Council’s Executive member for Finance and Investment, said:
This remains a time of uncertainty for many people living in Trafford and I am pleased to see we’re using the £1.5m support we received from the coronavirus hardship fund to support some of our most financially vulnerable residents.”
Posted on Wednesday 8th April 2020