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Council Tax: 13A Hardship payments for 2020/21

To seek approval (under the Chief Executive’s delegated emergency powers)  to implement 13A Council Tax Hardship payments in accordance with Government guidance stipulating that authorities are to make hardship payments using their powers under section 13A(1)(c) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (“1992 Act”).).

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 28/05/2020

This decision will be taken under urgency procedures.

Reason for urgency:
The requirement placed upon authorities is to make payments as soon as possible using existing approval mechanisms. In addition, software was required and this has now been delivered and tested.

Residents require to know how much that remains on their account is to be paid and our council tax team will be able to assist those facing difficulty in paying knowing the balance outstanding.The decision needs to be taken and implemented immediately to provide residents with the reduction funded by government.

This decision is a key decision and any delay in implementing it would seriously prejudice the Council’s or the Public Interest within the meaning of Standing Order 14. The provision for call-in of key decisions under Standing Order 14 shall therefore not apply to this decision.

Decision due: 28 May 2020 by Chief Executive

Department: Customer and Digital Services

Explanation for NOT five clear days notice: The requirement placed upon authorities is make payments as soon as possible using existing approval mechanisms. In addition, software was required and this has now been delivered and tested. Residents require to know how much that remains on their account to be paid and our council tax team will be able to assist those facing difficulty in paying knowing the balance outstanding. The decision needs to be taken and implemented immediately to provide residents with the reduction funded by government. This decision is a key decision and any delay in implementing it would seriously prejudice the Council’s or the Public Interest within the meaning of Standing Order 14. The provision for call-in of key decisions under Standing Order 14 shall therefore not apply to this decision.

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