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Thousands of struggling Britons will get extra help with Council Tax bills from £144m fund

The Government has announced a £144m fund to support families not benefiting from Council tax breaks.

It comes as the government has taken action today to tackle the rising cost of living.

The Treasury has announced a £150 council tax break and a £144m discretionary fund to support households

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The Treasury has announced a £150 council tax break and a £144m discretionary fund to support householdsCredit: Alamy

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak addressed the House of Commons today and announced new measures to help households cope with rising costs.

The Treasury has announced a £150 tax refund to help households with cost of living increased.

This includes £150 council tax relief which households will not need to repay.

The discount is being applied to homes in the council tax range A to D, which is around 80 per cent of homes in the UK.

But there are still thousands of struggling households in properties with higher and more expensive council tax rates ranging from E to H.

Other households such as students and some pension credit claimants are exempt from having to pay the bill entirely.

These groups will be able to access £144m in discretionary funding that will be made available through local authorities.

The Treasury said the money would be made available to assist vulnerable people and low-income individuals who do not have to pay council tax or pay council tax on properties in Bands EH.

Refunds for bills will be made directly by local authorities from April.

The Sun asked the Treasury when the fund will be available and how people can access it.

If you are on a low income or receiving benefitsyou may already be eligible for other council tax relief.

It’s also worth it check if you are in the correct council tax range so that you can access the most appropriate support.

You can find out your Council Tax margin by checking with your local government or on postcode checker.

Measures coincided with an increase energy price limitwill increase from £1,277 to £1,971 in April, pushing bills for 22 million households to the default tax rate.

In addition, the Bank of England interest rate increase 0.25% to 0.5% when it fights Inflation soars.

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