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£5.5m funding boost for Welsh council tax support scheme

Local councils across Mid Wales are set to receive more than £0.5m of a £5.5m pot of additional funding to help them fund the increased demand on the Welsh Government’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

Local councils across Mid Wales are set to receive more than £0.5m of a £5.5m pot of additional funding to help them fund the increased demand on the Welsh Government’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme has been providing support to hundreds of thousands of households with their council tax bills since it was introduced almost eight years ago. But with many more people facing reduced income or unemployment as a result of Covid-19, the CTRS has received a significant increase in applications.

In the last year the Welsh Government has provided local authorities with almost £11m in additional funding to help them cater for the increased demand on the scheme – providing a lifeline to households that are struggling to cope financially during these difficult times.

Newtown residents are encouraged to check the Powys website if they think they could be eligible for a discount or reduction, particularly if they have recently been migrated to Universal Credit.

“We are committed to providing a responsible and targeted approach to addressing the financial impact of the pandemic.

“Whilst the coronavirus outbreak is affecting everyone, we recognise the disproportionate impact it is having on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“The funding I am announcing today will provide local authorities with the financial reassurances they need to continue supporting those who need it most through our Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

“I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible for help with their council tax bills to contact their council for advice.”

Rebecca Evans MS, Minister for Finance – Welsh Government
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