During the coronavirus outbreak, residents have enquired about delaying their council tax payments.
At this time, East Hampshire District Council will not be deferring council tax for all residents. For those most at need, we are agreeing on a case-by-case basis on changes to their council tax payments.
Just 9 per cent of your total council tax bill is received by East Hampshire District Council. The remainder supports key infrastructure such as:
- Hampshire County Council
- Hampshire Adult Social Care
- The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire
- Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Parish and town councils
The council does not have the necessary cash-flow to delay council tax payments from all residents.
Council tax hardship fund
Help has been made available for the most vulnerable residents struggling to pay their council tax as part of the Government’s £500m coronavirus hardship fund.
£516,901 has been allocated to East Hampshire District Council. We will be able to provide further council tax relief via this scheme.
The Government has made it clear that additional funding is to firstly allow working age residents who already receive council tax support, to receive a further discount of up to £150.
Residents who are in receipt of council tax support do not need to apply for this.
What if there are remaining funds?
Any remaining funds will be allocated to the most in need throughout the financial year.