The move follows the success of last year’s scheme which saw over 32,000 Welsh pensioners receive help with their bill. Thousands more pensioners are set to benefit from the initiative during the next financial year as the Assembly Government is doubling the amount it allocates to the scheme, making £4 million available.
“Supporting pensioners through council tax relief is a key One Wales commitment” said Carl Sargeant. “By doubling the available funding, the Assembly Government is demonstrating that it is committed to helping even more Welsh pensioners.”
As in last year’s scheme, each of Wales’ 22 local authorities will receive a proportion of the funds so that they can deliver a scheme of assistance that is best suited to local circumstances.
“Local authorities are familiar with the needs of pensioners within their locality” said Carl Sargeant. “By administering funds through the local council, I am confident that pensioners who are most in need of financial help will receive it. Almost 30,000 pensioners benefited from scheme last year, and I am sure that we will help thousands more again during the coming financial year.”
Pensioners are advised to contact their local authority to find out if they are eligible for council tax help.
26 March 2010