Cllr Peter McDonald spoke at the weekend about the situation then with regards to Council Tax support from Bromsgrove District Council:

“If you are a resident of Birmingham and receive council tax support you will have £150 slashed of your bill and will not have to start paying until the autumn. Birmingham unlike Bromsgrove District Council has said it will use the Council Tax Hardship Fund allocated to them by the Government to automatically discount bills for those receiving council tax support.  The measures are intended to help those who are struggling financially as a result of coronavirus.

I have asked Bromsgrove Council to do the same as it should reduce the dependence on foodbanks: as more people than ever are being forced to turn to food banks, after welfare problems that have led to the steepest increase in emergency food parcel handouts in five years, according to the anti-poverty campaign the Trussell Trust. While the Government boast about the British economy being the fifth largest in the world more than one in five are trapped in poverty.

Hopefully, Bromsgrove Council will follow Birmingham and help those struggling to get through this crisis.”

Bromsgrove Labour have now learnt that Bromsgrove District Council have fell inline with Birmingham City Council with regards to Council Tax support.