Council tax reduction scheme continues

June 24 2022

 

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.

Bristol is one of only a few councils in the country that provide a 100 per cent reduction on council tax, meaning the poorest residents who cannot afford to pay council tax, will get help. That means 34,500 households across the city who will benefit, and this year marks the tenth year in a row that  the council will offer this financial help.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Craig Cheney 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. “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 council website. Support and advice is also available on the ‘Benefits and financial help’ webpage.