The Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2021 - 2022 was agreed by Chichester District Council's Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday 3 November 2020.

Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council, said: "The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on our residents, and has resulted in a loss of income for some households in our district. If you are struggling to meet the cost of your Council Tax I would really urge you to consider making an application for a reduction as it will make a huge difference.

"Council Tax Reduction is a means tested benefit and does not take into account your outgoings. If you have claimed other benefits such as Universal Credit it is important to remember to make an application for this support directly to us, this will ensure that you don't miss out on support that you may be entitled to. You can find out more on our website at My Account"

The council also runs an additional discretionary council tax reduction scheme which runs alongside the main scheme. This year a new discretionary category was introduced to specifically support people whose incomes have reduced as a result of the pandemic.

All working age recipients of the Local Council Tax Reduction scheme will have received up to an additional £150 in Council Tax Reduction for this financial year. This extra support will continue for all working age applicants of Council Tax Reduction for the rest of the financial year, or as long as the funding lasts. The discretionary element was also extended to include people who are not working age, or not in receipt of the main scheme.

Support is available to anyone who is on a low income who has suffered financial hardship as a consequence of the Coronavirus pandemic. People can find out more or make a claim by visiting Benefit forms.

Cllr Wilding adds: "If you are at all concerned about meeting the cost of your council tax or you need some further information or advice then do please contact us. The easiest way to do this is by emailing benefits@chichester.gov.uk or by calling 01243 534509."

Date of release: 3 November 2020

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