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Coronavirus: LGA responds to hardship funding guidance

Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, responded to the publication of guidance around the £500 million hardship funding for residents to cope with the coronavirus crisis 

“We are pleased that councils will now be able to provide much-needed support to many households on the lowest incomes by quickly reducing or removing the need for them to pay council tax.

“Councils are leading local efforts to support communities as they try and cope with the coronavirus outbreak. By accepting our call for local flexibility over some of this hardship funding, councils can better-target some of it towards people who may be especially, or newly, vulnerable as a result of the coronavirus, using existing local welfare schemes.

“We also urge the Government to distribute funding for the business support scheme sooner rather than later so they can also facilitate the speedy transfer of money to businesses.” 

Government confirms £500 million hardship fund will provide council tax relief for vulnerable households

Original article link: http://www.local.gov.uk/coronavirus-lga-responds-hardship-funding-guidance

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