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Extension of Council Tax Reduction Scheme approved for 10th year

Extension of Council Tax Reduction Scheme approved for 10th year

As Bristol residents struggle with the rising cost of living, the city’s Cabinet has authorised continued vital financial support for those who need it most.

10 June 2022

Bristol is one of only a few councils in the country that provide a 100 per cent reduction on council tax, meaning residents who cannot afford to pay council tax, will get help. For the tenth year in a row, the council will fund low-income households to pay their council tax – this currently stands at around 34,500 households across the city.

Councillor Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for City Economy, Finance and Performance, said:

“Our fully funded Council Tax Reduction Scheme has been helping low-income households for nearly a decade. This commitment ensures vital financial support for vulnerable households each year as we remain one of the last councils in the country to continue this policy. We’ve fought hard to maintain a sound financial position in the face of growing costs and rising demand for services but have done so with the needs of the vulnerable and low-income households put first. I hope these proposals for the next financial year will offer some comfort in the face of the cost of living crisis and the financial uncertainties yet to come. 

“There is advice, support and information available across our city. We’ve been working on how we can provide additional help and while we have been able to provide several streams of support, including the Household Support Fund, council tax rebates and the local crisis prevention fund, I know there are far too many people not eligible in our city who need help.

“If you aren’t eligible for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme but are in financial difficulty and need support, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We will do all we can to help you.”

Anyone who believes they are eligible for a reduction to their council tax should visit the Bristol City Council website. Support and advice is also available on the ‘Benefits and financial help’ webpage

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