Thousands in Manchester to have council tax bills cut as council announce £7.5m support package

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Low-income families will have £150 taken off their council tax bills as Manchester City Council pumps £7.5m into a coronavirus support fund. 

The Town Hall is introducing a new financial relief package as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to create hardship for residents across the city.

More than 30,000 in Manchester are already eligible for lower council tax bills, and this latest reduction - due to be applied in April - may result in some households having their council tax costs completely waived.

For example, individuals living in Band A properties and receiving full council tax support would have nothing to pay this year.

Those who have already made tax payments could also be entitled to rebates in the coming weeks.

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An extra £500,000 has been set aside to help anyone who hasn't already received council tax relief and may now qualify due to unforeseen financial constraints.

The council's package also includes £200,000 to support emergency food provision and £200,000 to help carers.

Food parcels and lunches for children who ordinarily receive free school meals are being arranged for the Easter period, too, with emergency funding now available for those who require money urgently.

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Councillor Carl Ollerhead, executive member for finance, said: "This is a tough period for a lot of people, especially those who were already struggling to make ends meet. We are determined to do all we can as a council to help people get through it.

"This almost £7.5m package of support measures, designed to be accessible quickly to those who need them, is a prime example of that commitment.

"It will benefit tens of thousands of Manchester's most economically vulnerable people and make a real difference."

Find out if you're eligible for any of the new financial measures by visiting the council's dedicated coronavirus website page.

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