Welsh Government’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme to Continue

Many vulnerable and low-income households in Wrexham will continue to receive support with their council tax bills thanks to a Welsh Labour Government initiative.

Local Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths has welcomed the Government’s continued commitment to the council tax reduction scheme.

Last week’s announcement will ensure that approximately 300,000 disadvantaged and low-income households in Wales will continue to be protected from any increase in their council tax bills.

Lesley Griffiths AM said: “This scheme makes a real difference to vulnerable people’s lives, particularly those who have felt the full force of the UK Government’s much-maligned welfare reforms.”

“I would strongly encourage Wrexham residents to check whether they are entitled to support with their council tax bills.”

People may be entitled to pay less council tax if they live in a low-income household, live alone are a student or are disabled.

The Welsh Government is working with local authorities and third sector organisations to make people more aware of the range of support available to help people pay their council tax bills.

The Welsh Government’s approach 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.

A full list of eligibility criteria is available on the Welsh Government’s website