Citizens Advice reacts to announcement on local government funding
Citizens Advice welcomes the new funding package for local councils announced today. It says the commitment to look at council tax debt in more detail in the forthcoming spending review is an opportunity to help those in financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Dame Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:
“Local councils have seen their incomes drop sharply during the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s new financial support package will no doubt be welcome news.
“Millions of people have also had to cope with a sudden fall in income, and are struggling to pay their council tax and other essential bills. It was good to see this problem recognised in today’s announcement, and a commitment to look at council tax debt in more detail in the forthcoming spending review.
“It’s an opportunity for the government to help lift people out of the financial difficulties caused by three months of coronavirus lockdown, and prevent them becoming entangled in longer term debt problems.”
Notes to editors
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