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17 April, 2020 Open access

Government issues further guidance to local authorities on implementing the £500 million COVID-19 council tax hardship fund

MHCLG Council Tax information letter clarifies that hardship fund discount should not be applied on a pro-rata basis, and it may be subject to reassessment if council tax liability subsequently reduces below amount awarded

The government has issued further guidance to local authorities on implementing the £500 million coronavirus (COVID-19) council tax hardship fund that was announced in the Chancellor's 2020 Budget Speech.

In Council Tax Information Letter 3/2020, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) sets out a series of question and answers in relation to how local authorities should administer the hardship fund in line with guidance published on 24 March 2020.

In addition to reaffirming the government’s expectation that all working-age local council tax support (LCTS) claimants in 2020/2021 (who are entitled to working-age LCTS in respect of any part of their council tax liability) will receive a further discount of up to £150, MHCLG clarifies that -

Council Tax information letter 3/2020 is available from