Financial support for residents
The Council is keen to support its community in these unprecedented and difficult times as a result of Coronavirus.
Council Tax – all residents
Newark and Sherwood District Council is now applying additional Council tax reductions of £150 for all households of working age that are already in receipt of Local Council Tax Support (LCTS). There is no need to do anything if you qualify for this Council Tax reduction as we have already begun issuing new bills for approximately 3,700 households who qualify.
Following the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcements, residents are reminded of the ability, if you are struggling to meet mortgage payments, to request an up to 3 month mortgage payment holiday from their mortgage lender.
If any Council tenants are affected financially by Coronavirus they should contact the Council at the earliest opportunity. We will work with tenants to be as flexible as possible to deal with issues relating to Coronavirus. Tenants may be able to obtain support to meet their rent and Council Tax through claiming Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (Housing Element), Council Tax Relief Scheme or Discretionary Housing Payment.
The government has made clear that “no renter who has lost income due to coronavirus will be forced out of their home, nor will any landlord face unmanageable debts.” Guidance will follow which asks landlords to show compassion and to allow tenants who are affected by this to remain in their homes wherever possible.
The ability to apply for a 3 month mortgage payment holiday has been extended to Buy-To-Let mortgage products in the anticipation that this is passed onto tenants.
Emergency legislation will ensure that landlords will not be able to start proceedings to evict tenants for at least a three-month period. As a result of these measures, no renters in private or social accommodation needs to be concerned about the threat of eviction.
The National Housing Federation and Local Government Association have welcomed the new support for social renters and made clear that no one should be evicted because of the coronavirus.