Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Maintaining the safety of everyone in the district is our top priority and we're working with our partner organisations to closely monitor developments.

Information about how we're responding and the latest guidance for the North West of England

Coronavirus Update

Council Tax and Housing Benefit

Council Tax payments

The coronavirus outbreak is having a significant impact on our residents and many people may be struggling to pay Council Tax, especially if they have suffered a sudden drop in income.

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax please let us know by email if possible at [email protected] You can also use our online services to tell us of changes.

Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support 

We will be doing all we can to continue to pay Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support as quickly as possible to our residents. If you need to contact us about your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support claim you should do so by email to: [email protected]

If possible you should also send any evidence or supporting documents that you have been asked to provide to this email address instead of sending them through the post.

Council Tax reduction for low income families

Government has confirmed Council Tax for low income homes already on a reduced bill will be cut further. The maximum cut will be £150 per household, and where a bill is already below £150 it will be reduced to zero.

Amended council tax notices were issued to around 3700 customers on 24th May. This scheme will run until March 2021 and will be automatically awarded to new claimants.

Technical guidance on the scheme can be found at. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874867/COVID-19_Council_Tax_Hardship_Fund_Guidance.pdf

It is not yet clear if any funds will remain after the initial awards are made. Further information will be posted here if there is scope for additional discretionary awards.