More than 1,000 residents have now taken up Erewash Borough Council’s offer of support with their Council Tax payments due to the challenges being faced during the coronavirus lockdown.

The council has given residents the chance to delay the start of their payments until June and has also offered flexible payment plans to help people in these difficult times.

The help includes the option to apply to pay weekly, fortnightly or half-yearly. Instalments can also be made over 12 months rather than the normal 10.

Councillor Wayne Major, Erewash Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Resources, says:

“We are here to help and are pleased that people are getting in touch with us to get support with their Council Tax payments. It is a very busy time and our team is working extremely hard to process applications as quickly as possible.”

So far just over 4,700 people have also registered on the Council Tax Support Scheme (CTS) in Erewash, which helps households of working age with low income, whether in work, unemployed or retired. Each will receive up to £150 towards their payments through government funding that was released to all local authorities to help those in need. Those registered on CTS will be contacted direct by the council to confirm additional support.

Residents can register for My Erewash account where they will find full information and relevant online forms – including one to apply for CTS and a form to delay payments called ‘Council Tax - Delay Recovery Request’.