Help offered to work out entitlement to council tax and rent relief

AN easy-to-use tool is being issued by local councils helping residents work out whether they are entitled to assistance with council tax and rent payments. The simple chart, covering all ages and council tax bands, shows income levels that may be low en

AN easy-to-use tool is being issued by local councils helping residents work out whether they are entitled to assistance with council tax and rent payments.

The simple chart, covering all ages and council tax bands, shows income levels that may be low enough to qualify for relief.

It is based on circumstances including the number of adults and children in a household and whether they are working or not.

The ready reckoner has being launched jointly by Herts County Council and all 10 district councils.


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It is being distributed throughout schools to every child aged under 11 and will be widely available at public places and on council websites.

Terry Hone, North Herts District Council's deputy leader and finance portfolio holder, said: "We are concerned that some residents may not be aware that they may be entitled to help with their council tax and/or rent. We want to make sure everyone gets the help they are entitled to, especially in these difficult financial times.

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"Using the ready reckoner, a customer can look at their weekly income, compare it to their weekly council tax and/or rent and can see at a glance if they may qualify for any benefits."

The ready reckoner is a guide only and if having used it any resident feels that they may be entitled, they should contact their council to complete a full application that can then be fully assessed.

www.north-herts.gov.uk

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