The Hardship Fund – Government releases guidance to Local Authorities in England on how to allocate the £500 million Hardship Fund

The government has launched a £500 million Hardship Fund to provide council tax relief to help those affected most by coronavirus.

The funding is available to local authorities in England only. A list of all local authorities in England is available on the Local Government Association website.

Guidance for the £500 million Hardship Fund was released yesterday (24 March), giving local authorities clarity on how to allocate the funding. The 13-page guidance includes a table of the level of funding allocated to each local authority.

The government has confirmed the fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus.

The funding will go to local authorities in England to enable them to reduce the 2020 to 2021 council tax bills of working age people receiving Local Council Tax Support.

Councils will also be able to use the funding to provide further discretionary support to vulnerable people through other support arrangements such as Local Welfare Schemes.

The guidance can be found on the GOV.UK website.