Policy tweak means more people to benefit from Hardship Fund

Telford & Wrekin Council is to make a minor amendment to allow it to award help with council tax payments to a greater number of financially vulnerable customers.

Policy tweak means more people to benefit from Hardship Fund

The change to the Council Tax Support Hardship Policy will allow the authority to help people who previously were not entitled to support because of the benefit cap.

The amount of money in the Hardship Fund - £30,000 – will remain the same and there are no other changes proposed to the Council Tax Support Scheme.

The change will be discussed by Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet on December 7 and is planned to go before Full Council and January 11.

Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Finance, said: “The council decided last year that the current scheme would stay in place until March 2020 unless there are significant changes to government policy.

“We are therefore not proposing any changes that will effect entitlement for the 2018/19 scheme – although there are some technical changes required to keep the scheme functioning in line with the wider benefits system.

“The tweak that we are proposing to the Council Tax Hardship Fund means approximately an extra 100 people will be able to access this support.”