Rate relief and refunds

Hardship relief

What is hardship relief?

We have the discretion to give relief in special circumstances under Section 49 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 where it is satisfied that:

  • The ratepayer would sustain hardship if the authority did not do so
  • It is reasonable for the authority to do so, having regard to the interests of persons subject to its Council Tax 

What is hardship?

There is no statutory definition of hardship, and each authority must, arrive at its own view in relation to each application. Guidance is provided by the Secretary of State.

How do I apply?

Full details of this scheme are available by contacting our Revenues team.

Contact our Revenues Team

Telephone: 01522 873342