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Benefit-receiving residents in need during pandemic offered cash support

Ian Hughes 29th May, 2020

STRATFORD District Council has received £660,000 from the Government to help benefit-receiving residents in need during the pandemic.

The funding is targeted at benefit recipients classed as of ‘working-age’ who qualify for Local Council Tax Support (LCTS).

Residents in receipt of LCTS during this financial year can receive a one-off discount of up to £150, which the district council will apply directly onto their Council Tax Account.

This means the total amount of council tax those benefit recipients have been asked to pay this year will automatically be reduced by up to £150.

There is no need for those currently on benefits to contact the council to make a claim – adjustments to accounts will be made automatically.

District people spokeswoman Coun Jo Barker said: “Coronavirus is placing immense pressure on us all. Stratford District Council is determined to do everything we can to support families and businesses financially if they are struggling to make ends meet.

“This is another measure we are implementing to help reach those households on the lowest incomes in these difficult times and help those that need it. Residents on Local Council Tax support will be getting a new bill showing them that we have reduced the amount they have to pay this year by up to £150.

“The measures we have put in place are there to help families who are on low incomes and cannot afford to pay bills at the moment. If any resident is concerned about finances then please call one of our team and we will do everything we can to help.”

Email benefits.sdc@stratford-dc.gov.uk with any queries.

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