Fylde Council have announced details of a new funding scheme which has been set up to help specific residents whose incomes have been affected by the coronavirus crisis. This scheme is named the Newly Self Employed Hardship Fund.
This discretionary hardship scheme will to help reduce the council tax liability for anyone who started self-employment after April 5, 2019 and is not already in receipt of the council tax reduction benefit or other Government assistance schemes.
Residents who fall within this category may be eligible for a reduction on council tax up to a maximum of two months, equivalent to £325.
Applications can be made online from May 1, 2020 to June 5, 2020 June. Council tax bills will be discounted after that date. A fund of £23,000 has been set aside for the scheme. However, applications made up to a Council Tax Band D only can be considered.
Councillor Karen Buckley, acting council leader, said: “The Government have provided much-needed grant funding for businesses, employees and the self-employed to help protect jobs and livelihoods through the pandemic and this is to be welcomed. We are acutely aware that those who started self-employment in the last year do not qualify for the national scheme and yet they too are facing hardship during this crisis. At Fylde Council we wanted to devise a scheme to recognise these particular workers and provide a discount on their Council tax bill using the extra funding provided to all local authorities. I hope they will come forward and make use of the fund.’
Visit www.fylde.gov.uk/benefits/newly-self-employed-hardship-application/ for further information and to complete the form. The website says: ‘Once you have applied you will receive an acknowledgement via email. The team will contact you if further information is required, or when a decision has been made on your application.’