Your council tax during the Covid-19 outbreak

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) now affecting many areas of our services to the residents and businesses of Amber Valley, we are keen to keep you right up-to-date with the changes we are being forced to make. Read more about your council services.

In an official statement published by Local Government, Secretary Robert Jenrick said that: "The government is working intensively with the local government sector to ensure the most vulnerable people in society are supported while protecting the local economy."

As part of the money put forward by the government, local authorities will receive a grant of £500 million split between them to support economically vulnerable individuals and households.

The government expects most of this funding to be used to provide more council tax relief, either through existing local council tax support schemes, or through complementary support schemes.

Although local councils are taking the burden of paying council tax into consideration, as it stands, most households will have to keep paying council tax as normal at the moment, during the Covid-19 outbreak. It is up to the local authority of each individual council to decide whether residents in that borough will receive help in paying council tax or receive any council tax support during the coronavirus pandemic.

We won’t take any new recovery action if residents are temporarily unable to pay council tax, so in effect we have also postponed new debt recovery action for anyone falling into council tax or business rates arrears.

Residents should continue to pay council tax as normal if possible and apply for council tax support if appropriate. You can apply for council tax support online or by contacting 01773 841470.

Due to COVID-19, we like everyone else, have a depleted workforce. We are working with very limited resources and would ask that you please think twice before requesting a deferral, and only request a deferral as a last resort if you will struggle to pay your council tax.

If you need to, you can request a payment deferral by using our online payment deferral request form.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841440 or email council.tax@ambervalley.gov.uk