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West Norfolk Council plans hardship payments to residents receiving council tax support

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West Norfolk Council has announced plans to make hardship payments to working age residents who receive council tax support.

Eligible residents are set to receive payments of up to £100, using remaining funds from central government support provided during the initial phase of the coronavirus crisis.

The authority has also launched a consultation on plans to increase the level of council tax support available ahead of the next financial year.

King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (49900631)
King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (49900631)

At present, eligible residents can have their council tax bills discounted by up to 75 per cent.

But views are now being sought on proposals to increase that to a maximum of 84 per cent.

Council chiefs say that could help around 1,000 single people, 650 lone parents and 300 families in the borough.

Sam Sandell, the authority’s cabinet member for people and communities, said: “The Hardship Payment helps some of the people in our community at a time when they may be experiencing further financial pressures.

“We also want to increase the help we give people through our Council Tax Support scheme next year and are now in a position to propose offering additional aid through an increase in the maximum financial assistance we can provide.

“We recognise that there may be longer term impacts from the pandemic and we want to support some of our residents on lower income through the next 18 months.”

To have your say, visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/info/20019/council_tax_support/504/council_tax_support_consultation. The consultation runs until November 29.

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