PHILIP Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, has announced a package of support for those most impacted by the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, which includes help for the most vulnerable, and newly financially vulnerable, families and single people.
It includes an addition £150 per household receiving Council Tax Support and so it’s really important that those now in financial difficulty apply. Which will mean for the year 2020-21 thousands of additional households will not pay Council Tax at all and all action on existing debts will cease.
This will be supported by further £500,000 investment in hardship funds from the Council, including a focused fund for those with No Recourse to Public Funds which we want to develop with local voluntary sector groups.
Mayor Philip Glanville
For the local voluntary sector we continue to push the Government to do more, but we have acted and are relaxing our grants and commissioning criteria so organisations can focus on responding to the crisis; for VCS tenants of the Council we will be ensuring the next three months are rent free and starting dedicated discussions about what more help they need; and finally we will be reviewing all our other grants to see what more we can invest in these organisations and the vital work they do.
On business we are still pushing for the Government to do more, especially for SMEs, freelancers, self-employed and big economy.
We are now announcing a full package of what has been offered by Government and also fast tracking this support. In addition we will be stopping waste contract fees, reviewing all our other fees and charges for closed and damaged businesses and for our own commercial tenants pausing rents and starting detailed individual conversations on what other help they might need.
We have a range of tenants from Sainsbury’s to micro businesses and it is only right we tailor our support to those that need it most.
We will also not be expecting to collect any fees and charges from market traders unable to operate. We will expect that all organisations that rent from us, pass on these rent holidays to their sub tenants and that they seek to protect those they employ.
Thanks to all those in the Cabinet Rebecca, Guy, and Caroline who have worked to develop these policies and the most important message to anyone in Hackney who is in financial difficulty is talk to us.
Cllr Rebecca Rennison
That’s a quick update on the current package, click below to find out more.
Anyone who needs support, or people who know someone who does, should visit the Council’s dedicated Coronavirus support hub.
The Council is working closely with its service providers to apply the discount as soon as possible. We are also exploring how we can channel support to residents with No Recourse to Public Funds.
The Council is committed to urgently exploring what other additional support residents need and ensuring that this hardship funding reaches residents most affected.
There are a range of other support options for residents who need financial support, including:
For independent advice and support, the Council’s regularly updated Find Support Services Map shows organisations which remain open and are providing alternative services during the current restrictions.
For the latest information about how the Council is working hard to slow the spread of Coronavirus, and to sign up for daily email updates, visit hackney.gov.uk/coronavirus