As part of the work to support household incomes during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Government has this week awarded Wirral Council an extra £3.9 million to support low income households in the Borough. Self employed residents who have seen their incomes drop can also apply.
The latest figures reveal that more than 18,000 people in the Borough receive help with their council tax bills.
The extra grant announced this week means that many could see their council tax bills reduced even further - the Government has asked that up to £150 is taken off the council tax bills of the lowest income households.
Councillor Lesley Rennie (Conservative, Wallasey Ward) said: "With the Coronavirus outbreak causing many household incomes to drop, there is real concern for some families about how they will make ends meet at this difficult time.
"This announcement means that many people should have one less thing to worry about.
"Families who are already being helped will not have to apply but should, if the Council agrees, soon receive an amended council tax bill.
"Anyone who has seen their income drop as a result of the outbreak and who wants to know if they can now receive help with a council tax reduction through this scheme should visit the Council website as a first step."
The extra £3.9 million for Wirral Council Taxpayers is part of the extra £500 million announced on 11 March for local authorities in England to support economically vulnerable people and households in their local area.
Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP added: "Providing the necessary financial support to people and families is critical at this difficult time when many people will be concerned about changes to their income.
"That’s why we’re giving local councils an additional £500 million, to ensure help is available for the most vulnerable people in our society who are struggling to pay their council tax bills."
The Government has asked councils to make sure that the majority of the hardship fund is used to provide council tax relief, alongside existing local council tax support schemes, with any money left over used to support additional local welfare schemes.
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