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More support with council tax to help with cost of living

Published on 17 August 2023

Almost 2,000 High Peak residents will receive extra help with their council tax after the Borough Council announced it will be further discounting bills for the most vulnerable households.

In April this year, the Council reduced the amount of council tax payable by £25 for 1,661 of its residents and is now discounting bills by up to a further £25 for 1,936 working age and pension age people who claim Local Council Tax Support (LCTS).

The additional reduction means some claimants will have received £50 in support.

Councillor Alan Barrow, Executive Councillor for Corporate Services and Finance, said: "With living costs remaining high, economically vulnerable households across the High Peak continue to feel the pressure to make their budgets stretch so this additional support will, I'm sure, be very welcome.

"This extra help will benefit almost 2,000 residents and doubles the support we've been able to offer to some of those most in need. And, as it will be automatically applied to council tax accounts, if you're eligible to receive it you won't even need to apply."

In response to the cost of living crisis, the Government provided £100m funding to local councils earlier this year to help reduce Council Tax bills in 2023 -24 for people receiving LCTS.

High Peak Borough Council is using the funding it received to directly discount the bills of its most vulnerable residents.

Our website has more information about council tax and the Council Tax Support Fund 2023-24