Help for council tax payers in Fylde
A new funding scheme has been set up to help people hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Fylde.
Fylde Council’s discretionary hardship scheme is designed to help reduce the council tax burden for anyone who started self-employment after April 5, 2019 and is not already in receipt of the council tax reduction benefit or other Government assistance schemes in response.
If you fall within this category, then you may be eligible for a reduction on council tax up to a maximum of two months, equivalent to £325.
Applications can be made online from May 1 to June 5 June and will be discounted from your council tax bill after that date. A fund of £23,000 has been set aside for the scheme and applications made up to a council tax band D only can be considered.
Coun Karen Buckley, acting council leader, said: “The Government have provided much-needed grant funding for businesses, employees and the self-employed to help protect jobs and livelihoods through the pandemic and this is to be welcomed.
“We are acutely aware that those who started self-employment in the last year do not qualify for the national scheme and yet they too are facing hardship during this crisis.
“At Fylde Council we wanted to devise a scheme to recognise these particular workers and provide a discount on their Council tax bill using the extra funding provided to all local authorities. I hope they will come forward and make use of the fund.”
Visit www.fylde.gov.uk/benefits/newly-self-employed-hardship-application/ for further information and to complete the form.