THE Town Hall has announced it will use an extra £4million of government financial support to reduce council tax bills for 18,000 “vulnerable” households in the borough during the coronavirus outbreak.
Everyone in the borough already receiving council tax support will see their annual council tax bill drop by up to £150, and the council says additional funds will also be channelled into efforts to help other residents who run into financial hardship.
Islington’s finance chief Councillor Satnam Gill said: “We are in unprecedented times and determined to do all we can to help the people of Islington through an uncertain future.
“With extra money from the Government we can lessen the worry for 18,000 of our most vulnerable working-age households on the Council Tax Support Scheme, and will be writing to them shortly with further details.
“In the meantime, we are also working on ways to support others who have been hard-hit in these difficult times.
“If you have been affected by a loss of income due to the pandemic, please get in touch with We Are Islington and we will see how we can help.”
Council leader Richard Watts added: “We will continue do everything in our power to reduce the impact of this global pandemic on everyone who lives and works in Islington.
“We have put a raft of measures in place and will keep monitoring the situation closely and look for any other ways we can to help those of us most in need.”
The council tax reduction is set to be applied automatically to anyone who is eligible, while distribution of additional funds and support will be managed by the We Are Islington service.
You can contact We Are Islington between 9am and 5pm every day on 020 7527 8222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The council can also issue vouchers towards groceries or fuel costs to those who qualify. Further guidance is available at www.islington.gov.uk/advice/resident-support-scheme.