Support for residents struggling to pay council tax

Help is at hand for residents in the county needing support
to pay council tax. We have allocated funding of up to £3
million for the second year running to provide support for
households experiencing financial pressures during the
pandemic and in the year ahead.
The latest announcement brings the total committed over the
last two years to supporting local households up to £6m. An
adjustment is being made to the upcoming annual budget
proposals to reflect this.
The funds are for additional discretionary relief, administered by District and Borough
councils, for working age residents claiming Council Tax reduction relief who can benefit
from having their Council Tax bill reduced by up to £150. This is separate from recent
announcements national government to support Council Tax payers in Bands A to D
which are due to be introduced in the year ahead.
Next Friday (18 February) all West Sussex county councillors will debate the annual
budget proposals for 2022/23 which align with the council’s corporate strategy ‘Our
Council Plan’. As part of the annual budget, a Council Tax rise for 2022/23 of 2.99 per
cent is proposed, including a 1 per cent rise for adult social care.
Find out more about this year’s council budget on the link below where you can also
read details about ‘Our Council Plan’ and how to watch the debate live online.
The Budget Papers are due to be published this week ahead of Full Council on Friday
18 February.

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