This is a difficult and stressful time for many residents in Ceredigion as Coronavirus is having a significant impact on the economy.
Council Tax pays for essential services that are delivered to all residents in Ceredigion, including Education, Fire and Police Services, Children’s and Adult Services, Birth & Death Registration, Rubbish Collection, Roads. If your circumstances have not changed, payments will need to continue as set out on your bill.
If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax due to the current circumstances, we can work with you to ensure that you are aware of the financial support available. Options include:
- Apply for Council Tax reduction
- Alternative payment arrangements to the standard 10 monthly council tax payments can be considered. This could be reducing your monthly payment by spreading your instalments over 12 months instead of 10 months (April 2020 to March 2021)
- You can ask for a ‘Council Tax payment holiday’ for April and May 2020. Your annual bill for 2020/21 will be the same, but your instalments will start again from June and run until March 2021
To discuss the options available to you if you need support, contact the Council on 01970 633253 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our contact centre is currently receiving high levels of calls so your patience is appreciated.
Any decisions on temporary changes to the collection of Council Tax would need to be made by Governments. If the Government announces any further measures we will update our website accordingly.
Second Home Council Tax Premium
There is no change to the Council Tax Premium currently charged on second home owners in the county due to the coronavirus outbreak. A low rate of 25%, as a Council Tax premium, is charged on second home owners, with the premium originally introduced three years ago.
There are around 1,700 second homes in Ceredigion, and the main aim of introducing the premium three years ago was to increase the supply of affordable homes available in the county and enhance the sustainability of local communities.
Any taxpayer who is experiencing financial difficulty should discuss their circumstances with the Council, by contacting us on 01970 633253 or email email@example.com.