Thousands of York residents will get council tax support this week. Here’s how to access help

Cllr Nigel Ayre
8 Jul 2020 @ 10.22 am
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Nearly 6,000 York residents are set to receive reduced council tax bills this week.

Those who are eligible for council tax support will receive a £150 reduction on their account, spread over the remainder of the year, as City of York Council provides support to residents facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The grant totals over £950,000, with £868,000 already being allocated, utilising a government grant awarded to the council.

The remaining money will be available for new customers until 31 March 2021.

Executive member for finance and performance Cllr Nigel Ayre said: “The coronavirus pandemic has posed significant financial challenges for many residents and that is why we are investing further funding to help support those who need it the most during this difficult time

“This council tax support grants will help people who may be worrying about their financial situation. 

“It is also another way in which we are helping the most vulnerable people in York, which has been one of our key priorities throughout the pandemic.”

Anyone facing financial difficulties can access the help and support that is on offer by calling 01904 551550 or emailing [email protected].

Help is available if you are struggling to pay Council Tax, due to Covid-19 or other reasons

  • You can ask for any payments missed since April 2020 to be spread across the rest of the year up to March 2021 by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 01904 551556
  • If your income has changed let the council know so they can update your Council Tax Support. You may be entitled to an increased amount. Please complete the change of circumstances form at york.gov.uk/benefits/change-circumstances-benefits
  • You may be eligible for more help by applying to the discretionary council tax reduction scheme at york.gov.uk/TaxReductionScheme.