Lincolnshire Coronavirus: Councils to support most vulnerable with paying tax bills

Greater Lincolnshire councils will reduce tax bills for vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of the government’s £500 million hardship financial package, those who struggle to pay their council tax bills will receive support.

As part of the government scheme, those who currently receive council tax support from their local authority will see an automatic discount of up to £150.

People who receive the support will be sent an updated council tax bill.

Local authorities will now look to identify those who qualify for help in paying their bills.

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, said it was “critical” to offer financial support.

North East Lincolnshire Council will receive £1.6 million from the government to help people who struggle to pay their bills.

Councillor Stan Shreeve, cabinet member for finance, said it was important to support the most vulnerable through the crisis.

“This money will help some of our most vulnerable and those most in need of support,” he said.

“Those that qualify will receive a second council tax bill in the coming weeks with the updated amount that you will be billed for.”

It comes as the government unveiled a number of measures as part of its financial stimulus package, including loans for businesses and paying 80% of employee wages.

Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, is expected to announce further support for those who are self-employed today (March 26).

A number of businesses, attractions and resorts across Lincolnshire have had to close as the government looks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.