Council Tax and Coronavirus – Whatever it Takes

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures, and with current events being likened to a wartime situation, extreme action is being considered by Government, on a local and national scale.

Amongst the calls for help for the public, are those for a Council Tax moratorium, which would see the suspension of payments for now.

With millions of people already finding that their income has been slashed significantly, if not lost entirely, this would be one way of lightening the load until we all come out the other side.

With mortgage payments, rent payments and utilities bills, Council Tax is up there with the biggest financial burdens that families and businesses face during these uncertain times.

Obviously, there would be implications up and down the country if Council Tax payments were reduced or removed, but this is undoubtedly a time to look after the most vulnerable people in our society. In fact, now is the time to look after EVERYONE in our society. Reducing the effects of the economic crisis to come is paramount, and all possibilities are on the table.

As Chancellor Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday, the Government are prepared to do “whatever it takes” to steer us through the coming weeks and months. The suspension of Council Tax would fall under the category of ‘whatever it takes’.

For homeowners and tenants, the burden of Council Tax is likely to weigh heavily for the foreseeable, if it were to remain unchanged that is, but what looms even more menacingly is the prospect of losing their home, or the potential for eviction.

Reassuringly, the Government have said that renters will be protected from eviction and mortgage payments may be suspended for up to 3 months, which should mean that evictions and repossessions are unlikely for a while.

All of us at TeamCES are keeping up to date with the measures and implications, as they have a direct effect on the way in which we operate.

Despite the occasional pieces of bad press and negative connotations that our industry has to live with, we are just as concerned for the wellbeing of all members of society as anyone.

We are keen to help, where we can, as we always do.

As and when legislation is mooted, introduced and rolled out, we’ll try to keep our followers abreast of the situation.

Remember, we are all in this together, and we shall overcome.


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