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Older people’s council tax grant scheme

Published: 16/06/2014

A scheme to help older people on lower incomes meet council tax payments is set to be approved at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday (17 June). The proposed scheme from Welsh Government is designed to help households, who have been assessed as being in need of financial assistance and who already receive some help with paying their council tax. Just over £200,000 has been made available to Flintshire County Council to help local residents at their discretion. Anyone claiming must have reached the age of 60 and be liable for the council tax at a property classed as a ‘sole and main’ residence. They should also qualify for partial council tax support and the maximum award for each household is £95. Grant awards will be automatically credited to council tax accounts of qualifying households during July 2014. Councillor Billy Mullin, Cabinet Member for Corporate Management said: “This funding from Welsh Government given out via the Council’s scheme will enable older people to get extra help with their council tax bills. It’s important that we offer financial support to households in the area who really need it.” For more information about qualifying criteria contact the Council.