Release date: 19 March 2021
Funding of £3 million has been allocated by West Sussex County Council to extend support for residents struggling to pay council tax.
The funds are for additional discretionary relief, administered by district and borough councils, for residents who are claiming Council Tax reduction.
The Council Tax support grant was introduced by the government last year in response to the pandemic. Working age residents claiming council tax reduction relief benefit from having their Council Tax bill reduced by up to £150.
This latest announcement means districts and boroughs can consider continuing the additional discretionary relief for a further year.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, Jeremy Hunt, said: “I’m pleased that we are able to allocate funds to help council taxpayers in the greatest financial need.
“This year has been a challenging time for everyone, and many people have struggled financially.
“This news means we can work with our district and borough councils across West Sussex to reach residents who need support.”