Last March, the council was issued with £699,000 of Government funding to help those experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19 to pay their council tax. As a result of having Government funds available, the council is providing extra support for the financial year 2021-22.

All eligible residents will have received a further £150 credited to their Council Tax bill, and residents in receipt of Council Tax Reduction with a balance of less than £150 for the year 2021-22 will have received the amount outstanding. Those in receipt of Council Tax Reduction with zero Council Tax to pay will not receive a payment.

"We are pleased to be able to offer this extra funding, so that we can continue to help those that are most in need in our district," says Councillor Peter Wilding, Cabinet Member for Finance at Chichester District Council.  "If anyone is struggling I would urge them to get in touch for advice. You can also visit our help with finances page for more information.

"Residents can also contact us by emailing benefits@chichester.gov.uk or calling 01243 534509."

Date of Release: 22 March 2021

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