Nearly 6,000 York residents are set to receive reduced council tax bills this week, as the council continues to provide support to residents facing financial hardship during the coronavirus pandemic.

Those who are eligible for council tax support will receive a £150 reduction on their account, spread over the remainder of the year, utilising a government grant awarded to the council.

The grant totals over £950,000, with £868,000 already being allocated. The remaining money will be available for new customers until 31 March 2021.

Executive Member for Finance and Performance, Cllr Nigel Ayre, said:

“The coronavirus pandemic has posed significant financial challenges for many residents and that is why we are investing further funding to help support those who need it the most during this difficult time

This council tax support grants will help people who may be worrying about their financial situation.  It is also another way in which we are helping the most vulnerable people in York, which has been one of our key priorities throughout the pandemic.

I would encourage anyone facing financial difficulties to access the help and support that is on offer by calling 01904 551550 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”

Help is available if you are struggling to pay Council Tax, due to Covid-19 or other reasons

  • You can ask for any payments missed since April 2020 to be spread across the rest of the year up to March 2021 by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01904 551556
  • If your income has changed please let us know so we can update your Council Tax Support. You may be entitled to an increased amount. Please complete the change of circumstances form at york.gov.uk/benefits/change-circumstances-benefits
  • You may be eligible for more help by applying to the discretionary council tax reduction scheme at york.gov.uk/TaxReductionScheme.
  • Advice and support services in the City can help you stem the tide and get the right support for you. Please see a helpful list of contacts overleaf for those who can help you.