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December
2023
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10:20
Europe/London

Over 22,000 Camden households to receive Council Tax support

Camden’s Cabinet is proposing to extend Camden’s Council Tax Support scheme for a fourth year to help the borough’s residents and families on the lowest incomes.

Once again, around 16,000 Camden households in the greatest need will not pay any Council Tax at all. The Council is adjusting the bands which determine the level of support residents receive in line with the increase in London Living Wage levels - enabling even more residents to qualify for a full or partial discount.

Overall, under the plans, more than 22,000 Camden residents will receive either full or partial Council Tax support.

The proposed scheme will be debated by full Council in early 2024 and following this, would take effect from Monday 1 April 2024.  

Councillor Richard Olszewski, Cabinet Member for Finance and Cost of Living

Many of our residents are working hard throughout the week for very low wages – this is wrong and we want to help alleviate some of the financial pressures they face. Our Council Tax support scheme is one of the most generous in London and will continue to help thousands of our residents – who can also access many other schemes and offers we run to help them with the cost of living. We are proposing to invest £31million to run the scheme in the coming year - we want residents to know the Council is there for them when times are toughest.

Councillor Richard Olszewski, Cabinet Member for Finance and Cost of Living

Residents can find out more about Camden’s Council Tax support scheme, including whether they are eligible at camden.gov.uk/council-tax-support

Camden Council has invested in a range of other help and support to residents with the rising cost of living including:

  • A £2m Cost of Living Crisis Fund
  •  A £1.3m Family Crisis Fund
  • £1m to support the local voluntary and community sector amongst a range of wider initiatives.

Residents can find out more about accessing money from these funds or what support they may be eligible for by visiting the Camden website, by calling the council on 020 7974 4444 (option 9), or by calling Citizens Advice Camden on 0808 278 7835.