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1 September, 2020 Open access

Welsh Government announces £2.8 million funding to help local authorities fund increased demand for council tax reduction

New funding will replace income reductions suffered by councils as a result of increased number of households becoming entitled to the benefit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Welsh Government has announced it is allocating £2.8 million of new funding to help local authorities fund increased demand for council tax reduction (CTR) since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Confirming the funding decision over the weekend, the Welsh Government advised that the money will support local authorities by replacing reductions in their income as a result of an increase in the number of households entitled to CTR since lockdown began.

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans said -

‘Whilst the coronavirus outbreak is affecting everyone, we know that it is having the most significant financial impact on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

The funding I am announcing today will provide local authorities with the financial reassurances they need to continue to support those who need it most through our Council Tax Reduction Scheme.’

For more information, see Finance Minister announces additional £2.8 million to support Council Tax Reduction Scheme from gov.wales