FUNDING of £660,000 has been received by Stratford District Council from the Government to help those residents who receive Local Council Tax Support.
This funding, paid out due to the coronavirus outbreak, is targeted at benefit recipients classed as ‘working-age’ who qualify for Local Council Tax Support.
The authority covers both Studley and Alcester in south Warwickshire.
If residents are in receipt of it during the 2020-21 financial year they can receive a one-off discount of up to £150, which the District Council will apply directly onto their council tax account.
This means that 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 District Council to make a claim – adjustments to accounts will be made automatically.
Councillor Jo Barker, People Portfolio says: “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.
“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.”
To date the authority has paid a total of £526,636.42 to 3,546 cases.
Anyone who needs help with their council tax payments can contact the District Council on 01789 260990.