GB News: Eamonn Holmes rages at council tax rises
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The Government incentive applies to people who have a second home, to encourage them to welcome Ukrainian families. Furthermore, people who welcome a family from Ukraine into their sole residence will still be able to claim their single occupancy discount worth 25 percent.
The MP has also put legislation in place to assist single occupancy households.
The Tory MP said Britons should not be penalised for their generosity.
He said: “The generosity of the general public has been astounding and I want to thank them sincerely for their ongoing support and for opening up their homes to those who need it the most.
“These regulations will help ensure that sponsors are rightfully not financially penalised by opening their homes, and will provide clarity to local councils as they help us deliver this landmark scheme.”
Meanwhile, the Government is also offering a £350 “thank you” cash bonus for hosts who take part in the “Homes for Ukraine ” sponsor scheme.
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This £350 payment is tax free and doesn’t affect someone’s Council Tax bill.
Some 20 million Britons are due a £150 Council Tax rebate this month which will be paid to households in bands A to D.
Most Britons will be paid automatically, however anyone who doesn’t have a direct debit set up could face delays.
Councils are encouraging people to set up direct debits now to make the process easier and quicker.
Britons who don’t live in band A to D properties should get in touch with their local authority if they are in financial difficulty.
Each council has a Household Support Fund and might be able to help others who are struggling.
If they can prove their struggling they might be able to claim some of this money.
Each local authority sets its own rules so it’s impossible to say who will qualify.
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While millions of people can expect a £150 rebate, more than half of local councils (89 out of 151) are increasing council tax by 2.99 percent this month.
People should have received a letter from their local council with their new charges.
Many have been left shocked by the higher bills which couldn’t come at a worse time.
Anyone who hasn’t received their new bill can check the Council Tax levels set by local authorities in England 2022 to 2023.
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