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Low Income Pandemic Payment

As part of the recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic, a new one off, 'Low Income Pandemic Payment' of £130 is available. This payment is designed to help low income households with increased costs and lost income due to coronavirus.

To be eligible for a Low Income Pandemic Payment, you must have been:

  • In receipt of Council Tax Reduction during the month of April 2021 (regardless of the amount received, or period of award) Exempt from paying Council Tax during April 2021 due to being under 18, or;
  • Exempt from paying Council Tax during April 2021 due having a severe mental impairment, or;
  • Exempt from paying Council Tax during April 2021 due to being in temporary accommodation (including a refuge), or;
  • Exempt from paying Council Tax during April 2021 because you were receiving care elsewhere, or you were providing care for someone elsewhere, or;
  • Exempt from paying Council Tax during April 2021 due to being a care leaver under the age of 26.

There is no need to make an application, we are currently working to identify those eligible for a payment.

Only one payment will be made to each qualifying household.

How will payments be made

We will contact all eligible households to advise them of their entitlement and to agree how payment will be made. Payments can be made into a bank account or as a credit to a Council Tax account.

We will not employ third parties to gather information on our behalf. If you have reason to believe that the person contacting you does not work for the council please contact us immediately. You should never give out your bank details to someone you do not trust.

When will payment be made

Payments will be made by the end of October 2021 for eligible households, or no later than the 30 November 2021 if you have received a backdated award of Council Tax Reduction.

Will this affect my other benefits?

If you receive Universal Credit, then this payment will be counted as capital. This will not normally affect the amount you receive unless you have savings or other capital totalling over £6,000.

If you are concerned that this payment could impact your Universal Credit award, you should report the payment in your journal by signing in to your Universal Credit account or by calling the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644.

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