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£500m Hardship fund and an increase in housing benefit to help protect people during Covid-19 crisis

Published on Monday, 23rd March 2020

The government has announced a new £500m hardship fund which will help protect the most vulnerable during these uncertain times.

This fund will be administered through Council Tax and we will confirm the details once the guidance from central government has been sent through.

Some residents where we are responsible for their Housing Benefit awards will also receive more help with their rent, due to an increase in the Local Housing Allowance.  We have estimated that this could provide extra help for up to 1200 current private tenant cases across the Borough.

In addition, the new minimum income floor due to be started from April in our Council Tax Support Scheme will be suspended for the foreseeable time

If you are in receipt of Universal Credit these adjustments will be administered through your Universal Credit account, which will be administered by the Department of Work and Pensions.

We will be implementing these changes as quickly as possible and will ensure our residents are kept up to date as and when they are due happen.