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VACCINATIONS

Suffolk County Council have the following site which is very helpful:-

www.suffolk.gov.uk/covidvaccinations

However for all our residents the following message is important

THE NHS WILL CONTACT YOU WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO HAVE THE VACCINE (PFIZER OR ASTRAZENECA) FIRST DOSE.  DO NOT CONTACT THE NHS BEFORE THEN

Our Local NHS are working very hard to ensure the vaccination programme is delivered to the top critical groups first.

FINANCIAL HELP AVAILABLE

BABERGH AND MID SUFFOLK DISTRICT COUNCILS AND IPSWICH BOROUGH COUNCIL MEDIA RELEASE

Councils pledge to provide further financial support for struggling households

Thousands of households across Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Ipswich will be eligible for a reduction in their council taX bill after councillors approved further support for residents facing financial difficulties.

Last year, the Government announced a new Hardship Fund to help households already in receipt of means-tested working age Local Council Tax Support (LCTS). This enabled a reduction of up to £150 to be automatically applied to council tax bills for these households – ensuring the districts’ most financially vulnerable residents had nothing to pay in 2020/21. 

Councils were required to hold back enough Hardship Fund to make this same relief available to any new customers who claimed LCTS throughout the council tax year. However, as the year end approaches, there is still some funding remaining and so the councils have taken the decision to reduce council tax bills even more.

All three councils will now award further Hardship Relief to eligible residents who have received LCTS against their council tax liability for 2020/21. Households who are affected will automatically receive an adjusted bill – there is no requirement to apply.

Any Hardship Fund remaining, after applying the additional award, will be used to fund Discretionary Financial Assistance for residents in exceptional circumstances. Further information about this support can be found on the councils’ websites.