Earlier this year, Ryedale District Council launched a new, simplified, Council Tax reduction scheme. Under the scheme, families of working age can receive up to 100 percent reduction on their Council Tax Bill, depending on their income and circumstances. Now the Council is gearing up to give households receiving this benefit up to £150 further reduction on their bill.
The reduction in the bill will be paid for by the government’s Council Tax Hardship Fund – an extra pot of money that the government has given to Councils to help reduce the burden of Council Tax on low income families during the current public health emergency.
Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said:
“It is good news that we can reduce the Council Tax bill for around one thousand households in our district. In some cases this will reduce their Council Tax bill to zero.
“Obviously we would like to do more, but the Hardship Fund money will only cover so much.
“The COVID crisis is taking a big financial toll on all Councils, and although some people would like to see a Council Tax reduction across the board, the funding we’ve received simply won’t cover that.
“Ryedale District Council receives about ten percent of the money it collects in Council Tax. This helps to pay for the vital services that people are relying on during this health emergency – things like paying benefits, collecting waste and helping the most vulnerable people. We need to keep those services going strong.”
Stacey Burlet, CEO of Ryedale District Council, said:
“If you already benefit from the Council Tax reduction scheme, we will write to you by the end of April to confirm that your bill will be reduced, and to give you a revised bill. There are no forms to fill in, and you don’t need to contact us. If you already receive a full 100 percent rebate, you won’t receive a letter, as there is already nothing to pay.
“We know though that there will be some people whose financial circumstances have changed significantly in the last few weeks due to COVID, who may now be eligible to have their Council Tax reduced. For example, if you have lost your job and are now claiming Universal Credit.
“We would ask people in those circumstances to get in touch with us so we can see if a reduction applies.”