As the impact of coronavirus is felt across the UK, you may have concerns about how it could affect you and your family. Walsall Council is looking to proactively support residents to minimise the financial impact of the outbreak.
If the income in your household has been affected by the coronavirus, we have put support in place to help with a loss or reduction in earnings/income which may affect your ability to pay your household bills.
If you rent your property
Help with your rent payments
Working-age residents will need to make a claim for universal credit unless you’re in an exempt group. More information can be found on our main benefits information page.
If you are a pensioner you may be eligible to claim housing benefits.
Ban on evictions and additional protection
The government has announced measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus.
- Emergency legislation to suspend new evictions from social or private rented accommodation while this national emergency is taking place.
- No new possession proceedings through applications to the court to start during the crisis.
- Landlords will also be protected as three-month mortgage payment holiday is extended to include buy to let mortgages.
Find out more
You may be able to claim a council tax reduction if you have a low income and your savings are below £6,000 for working age people and £16,000 for pensioners. There are questions on the form that ask how you have been impacted and we will use this information to see how else we can support you during this difficult time.
Make a claim for Council Tax reduction online
If you are not eligible to claim benefits but need some support temporarily while your income is disrupted, you can apply to have one of the following options applied to your council tax payments:
If you currently pay your council tax in instalments due April to January, you can spread the year's charge over 12 months; April 2020 to March 2021.
If you currently pay your council tax in instalments due April to January, you can have instalments due June 2020 to March 2021.
You can have April and May instalments spread over your remaining payments from June 2020 onwards.
If you pay your council tax by direct debit, please let us know as much in advance of your direct debit being called as you can. Your direct debit instruction is sent to the bank in advance of your direct debit being called and we may not be able to accommodate your request on short notice. If we cannot apply the change straight away, it will be reflected in your next instalment.
If you wish to take up one of the above options please fill out our request form with your council tax details and what option you would like to request.
Trouble paying your council tax bill?
The Government has announced there will be help for Council Tax payers due to Covid-19. As we have more information available we will post it here and plan to email and text customers to keep you informed. To ensure that we have your correct email address and mobile number please go to your online account and update your details there, if you have not already created an account please do so now, visit walsall.gov.uk/about_the_council/council_tax/council_tax_online
This is the latest information we have, our team do not have any further details at this time.
If you are struggling making payments towards your account please complete and income and expenditure at www.IEHub.co.uk. We are able to create arrangements that work for you and your current financial situation
Help with energy bills
The governent has negotiated an industry agreement signed by all UK domestic energy suppliers effective immediately.
- Prepayment and pay-as-you go customers will remain supplied with energy through challenging times.
- Support will be available to all customers in financial distress.
See what help is available
Other Housing and welfare assistance
We also have a housing and welfare service that can help with housing issues, food, gas, electric and other essentials. You can contact this team by emailing: Housingandwelfaresupport@walsall.gov.uk or calling 01922 652250. For information on these services please visit the Housing and Welfare Support Service pages.
We have been made aware that there is currently a text message scam active that invites you to click a link in order to claim a £435 refund on your council tax as part of Covid-19 relief. There is no council tax refund scheme in place, for help with your council tax during this time, please see below.
More information on Council Tax scams and how to avoid them can be found at www.Gov.uk – How to identify Council Tax scams and what you can do to avoid them