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Council offers help as Council Tax bills land

Created on 25/03/2020 @ 12:50
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As Council Tax bills land through the letterboxes of Newtown homes, Powys County Council has said it is willing to talk to individuals who are unable to pay during the COVID-19 crisis.

Cllr Mathew Dorrance asked under the questions at anytime protocol: “Will the council, during this COVID-19 pandemic, suspend actions and proceedings for possession orders in relation to tenants and provide greater support to residents who struggle to pay rent and Council Tax?”

Portfolio holder for Finance, Cllr Aled Davies answered: “Alongside the new additional help that is being made available by Government, PCC already has a broad set of benefit and award support mechanisms available including housing benefit and council tax reduction schemes.

“We also administer discretionary schemes such as housing payments which helps to support people to keep their rented home.

“On Council Tax, we have the ability to assess someone’s financial hardship and remove or reduce their Council Tax liability and where applicable the ability to change or amend payment arrangements.

“Finally we have a set of officers who offer specialised support to people around debt, budgeting, benefits and fuel

“Each case is considered for support and looked at on its own individual merits and at this time our teams are ready to support people through this difficult time.”

At the end of February, PCC voted through a 4.8 per-cent increase in the Council Tax.

On Tuesday, March 24, neighbouring Shropshire Council said they allow residents whose income has been affected by coronavirus the could delay payments of Council Tax until 1 June.

By Elgan Hearn, Local Democracy Reporting Service

Photo: Powys County Council's offices



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