COVID-19 extra help.

If your income has been reduced due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis you may be able to get some help towards your council tax bill through our council tax reduction scheme. If you currently do not claim this support please see if you are eligible and how to apply at our council tax support page.

If you currently do claim council tax support and/or housing benefit, additional help has been introduced to help with the financial impact of this pandemic. This extra help will be processed automatically so you don't need to do anything or contact us. We’re working hard to get this done as soon as we can.

Additional help with Council Tax Support

  • Working age recipients of Council Tax Support are now entitled to a further reduction of £150 in their Council Tax for 2020/21. We’ll credit eligible accounts with an extra £150 or if the balance is less than that, credit the account until the Council Tax bill is zero.

Please sign up to our online e-billing to get your amended Council Tax Bill quicker and more efficiently.

Additional help with Housing Benefit

  • Working Tax Credits are being increased from April to £3,040 per year. Where you or your partner work 16 hours or more per week and you are or would be entitled to Working Tax Credit, we'll recalculate your Housing Benefit entitlement to ensure you do not lose out in your Housing Benefit due to this increase.
  • Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates are being increased from April to cover up to 30% of the market rent in your area. The new LHA rates are shown here.

More Coronavirus information

For Coronavirus updates from our benefits services during the outbreak, press here.

Redditch Borough Council is working with partners and key agencies to stay up to date in receiving top-level guidance on Coronavirus, and will be taking appropriate action across its services as required. To check wider service updates during the outbreak please visit www.redditchbc.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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