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Low Income Pandemic Payment

The Low Income Pandemic Payment is a one-off payment of £130 to help with increased costs and lost income due to coronavirus.

Who can get it?

You could get the payment if you received Council Tax Reduction in April 2021. This does not include the Single Person Discount. You can also get the payment if you do not pay council tax for one of the following reasons:

  • you are in temporary accommodation, including a refuge
  • your home is unoccupied because you are being cared for or are caring for someone else
  • all members of the household are care leavers, are under 18 or are severely mentally impaired

You may also get the payment if you make a backdated claim which covers any day in April 2021. 

How to apply for the payment

Your local council will make the payment to you if you are eligible. Check with them for more information if you are not sure.

Your local council can make the payment into your bank account, a payment card such as PayPoint, or as a credit to your Council Tax account.

If you are eligible for Council Tax Reduction but have not applied for it before you will have to apply for Council Tax Reduction first before you can get the Low Income Pandemic Payment. 

Contact your local council to apply for Council Tax Reduction and get the payment.

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When will it be paid?

The payment date will depend on your local council but all payments will be made by the end of October 2021.



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