Dawn Bowden AM welcomes Welsh Government support for  hard pressed families

Dawn Bowden AM has welcomed the Welsh Labour Governments continued commitment to the council tax reduction scheme.

The scheme helps a number of hard pressed families in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney to pay their council tax bills.

The announcement will ensure that approximately 300,000 vulnerable and low-income households in Wales will continue to be protected from any increase in their council tax bills.

Dawn Bowden said: “This is good news for many hard pressed households across my constituency who will continue to receive support with their council tax bills”

“Households that in many cases have felt the full force of the UK governments cruel and shambolic welfare reforms.”

“I would urge residents who think they may be entitled to support with their Council Tax bills to contact Merthyr Tydfil or Caerphilly Council as appropriate”.

“This is another example of our Welsh Government going an extra step to help a significant number of families facing cost pressures in my constituency”.

The approach taken by the Welsh Government is in stark contrast to the situation in England, where local authorities have been left to design their own schemes and manage the associated funding shortfall.  As a result, council tax liability varies by local authority, a multitude of different schemes operate and over two million low-income households are faced with having to pay more of their council tax bill.

If you are liable to pay council tax, either as a homeowner or a tenant, and you live in the property as your main residence, you might be able to get a CTR. To be eligible you must:

  • have a low income, or
  • receive certain welfare benefits.
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