Council Tax Hardship Fund Allocation by local authorities

The £500 million Hardship Fund allows councils to give extra support to help people affected by Coronavirus. Councils are expected to use this welcome funding to reduce the council tax bills of working-age people who are already receiving council tax support, by £150 in 2020/21.

Because councils have different council tax support schemes they will have different amounts of discretionary support leftover. Those with more generous support will have more discretionary hardship funds available to help support vulnerable households.

For example, local authorities that give council tax support based on 100% of council tax liability need only to use a small proportion of their Hardship Fund to give an additional discount to people in receipt of council tax support. These councils will have more money left over from their Hardship Fund than councils with schemes based on less than 100% of council tax liability.

Policy in Practice analysed the allocation of the Hardship Fund under the assumption that councils initially allocate funding in the manner set out by MHCLG. The table below shows the amount of funds each individual council across the country will be able to retain for their own discretionary allocation.

Local Authority Based on pre COVID-19 caseload  Based on post COVID-19 caseload 
HF AllocationHF initial costAmount remainingProportion remainingAmount remaining after OBR prediction of increased unemployment in 2020/21Proportion remaining
Adur£453,179£99,914£353,26578%£261,34458%
Allerdale£910,462£201,211£709,25178%£524,13758%
Amber Valley£1,033,585£639,892£393,69338%-£195,0070%
Arun£945,239£226,496£718,74376%£510,36654%
Ashfield£1,383,514£359,583£1,023,93174%£693,11450%
Ashford£968,568£666,062£302,50631%-£310,2710%
Babergh£467,436£210,368£257,06855%£63,52914%
Barking and Dagenham£2,214,270£1,537,650£676,62031%-£738,0180%
Barnet£4,132,829£2,869,950£1,262,87931%-£1,377,4750%
Barnsley£2,646,497£1,837,800£808,69731%-£882,0790%
Barrow-in-Furness£798,140£206,699£591,44174%£401,27750%
Basildon£1,648,768£357,745£1,291,02378%£961,89758%
Basingstoke and Deane£1,019,761£270,592£749,16973%£500,22549%
Bassetlaw£906,790£559,703£347,08738%-£167,8390%
Bath and North East Somerset UA£1,288,040£658,130£629,91049%£24,4312%
Bedford UA£1,438,595£341,910£1,096,68576%£782,12854%
Bexley£1,850,733£1,285,200£565,53331%-£616,8510%
Birmingham£17,382,811£9,437,607£7,945,20446%-£737,3940%
Blaby£415,378£230,167£185,21145%-£26,5430%
Blackburn with Darwen UA£2,194,182£1,523,700£670,48231%-£731,3220%
Blackpool UA£2,803,101£1,946,550£856,55131%-£934,2750%
Bolsover£779,779£498,959£280,82036%-£178,2230%
Bolton£3,454,789£2,399,100£1,055,68931%-£1,151,4830%
Boston£538,069£373,650£164,41931%-£179,3390%
Bournemouth UA£3,103,348£1,631,464£1,471,88447%-£29,0630%
Bracknell Forest UA£609,567£151,457£458,11075%£318,76952%
Bradford£5,852,232£4,063,950£1,788,28231%-£1,950,5520%
Braintree£891,670£619,200£272,47031%-£297,1940%
Breckland£919,967£562,110£357,85739%-£159,2840%
Brent£3,948,577£1,013,665£2,934,91257%£2,002,34151%
Brentwood£345,609£93,930£251,67973%£165,26348%
Brighton and Hove UA£2,329,833£1,617,900£711,93331%-£776,5350%
Bristol, City of UA£5,005,923£1,161,333£3,844,59077%£2,776,16355%
Broadland£637,216£442,500£194,71631%-£212,3840%
Bromley£1,841,229£1,278,600£562,62931%-£613,6830%
Bromsgrove£460,955£320,100£140,85531%-£153,6370%
Broxbourne£735,930£511,050£224,88031%-£245,2860%
Broxtowe£816,716£216,034£600,68274%£401,93049%
Buckinghamshire£2,813,901£1,463,798£1,350,10348%£3,4090%
Burnley£1,475,316£802,290£673,02646%-£65,0800%
Bury£1,888,102£1,311,150£576,95231%-£629,3060%
Calderdale£2,169,989£1,506,900£663,08931%-£723,2590%
Cambridge£920,831£177,904£742,92781%£579,25463%
Camden£3,119,765£2,371,021£748,74476%-£1,432,5960%
Canterbury£710,225£150,999£559,22679%£420,30759%
Carlisle£1,082,619£269,415£813,20475%£565,34252%
Castle Point£989,736£687,300£302,43631%-£329,8800%
Central Bedfordshire UA£439,787£305,400£134,38731%-£146,5810%
Charnwood£1,606,215£1,115,400£490,81531%-£535,3530%
Chelmsford£978,936£679,800£299,13631%-£326,2800%
Cheltenham£866,829£214,943£651,88675%£454,13952%
Cherwell£851,709£248,350£603,35971%£374,87644%
Cheshire East UA£818,012£568,050£249,96231%-£272,6440%
Cheshire West and Chester UA£2,062,635£1,432,350£630,28531%-£687,4770%
Chesterfield£2,423,580£1,472,550£951,03039%-£403,7150%
Chichester£1,191,269£268,539£922,73077%£675,67457%
Chiltern£699,209£485,550£213,65931%-£233,0470%
Chorley£855,381£213,816£641,56575%£444,85452%
City of London£33,265£8,462£24,80375%£17,01851%
Colchester£1,151,524£799,650£351,87431%-£383,8040%
Copeland£769,411£182,876£586,53576%£418,28954%
Corby£534,829£331,525£203,30438%-£101,6990%
Cornwall UA£4,756,869£3,303,300£1,453,56931%-£1,585,4670%
Cotswold£389,458£234,848£154,61040%-£61,4500%
Coventry£3,731,924£2,591,550£1,140,37431%-£1,243,8520%
Craven£267,199£180,044£87,15533%-£78,4860%
Crawley£988,656£259,160£729,49674%£491,06950%
Croydon£4,387,932£2,676,639£1,711,29361%-£751,2140%
Dacorum£1,062,098£561,806£500,29247%-£16,5700%
Darlington UA£1,305,968£906,900£399,06831%-£435,2800%
Dartford£897,286£291,195£606,09168%£338,19238%
Daventry£394,210£273,750£120,46031%-£131,3900%
Derby UA£2,187,702£1,519,200£668,50231%-£729,1620%
Derbyshire Dales£338,264£216,105£122,15936%-£76,6570%
Doncaster£2,992,753£826,642£2,166,11172%£1,405,60147%
Dorset£2,647,793£1,484,854£1,162,93944%-£203,1260%
Dover£1,053,674£466,889£586,78556%£157,24715%
Dudley£2,989,729£1,639,420£1,350,30945%-£157,9580%
Durham UA£6,964,443£2,045,112£4,919,33171%£3,037,82844%
Ealing£3,061,443£1,806,251£1,255,19259%-£406,5600%
East Cambridgeshire£429,851£266,531£163,32038%-£81,8880%
East Devon£713,034£305,536£407,49857%£126,40618%
East Hampshire£516,901£130,984£385,91775%£265,41251%
East Hertfordshire£665,944£406,294£259,65039%-£114,1400%
East Lindsey£1,378,546£957,300£421,24631%-£459,4700%
East Northamptonshire£439,787£305,400£134,38731%-£146,5810%
East Riding of Yorkshire UA£1,942,320£1,348,800£593,52031%-£647,3760%
East Staffordshire£812,828£564,450£248,37831%-£270,9160%
East Suffolk£1,916,615£1,168,957£747,65839%-£327,7830%
Eastbourne£918,455£637,800£280,65531%-£306,1210%
Eastleigh£543,469£129,051£414,41876%£295,69054%
Eden£307,160£90,643£216,51770%£133,12443%
Elmbridge£667,672£409,923£257,74939%-£119,3800%
Enfield£5,896,729£3,007,332£2,889,39751%£122,6522%
Epping Forest£658,168£457,050£201,11831%-£219,3680%
Epsom and Ewell£344,096£238,950£105,14631%-£114,6880%
Erewash£949,343£587,286£362,05738%-£178,2470%
Exeter£934,439£648,900£285,53931%-£311,4490%
Fareham£423,370£226,930£196,44046%-£12,3350%
Fenland£907,222£630,000£277,22231%-£302,3780%
Forest Heath£1,132,732£476,088£656,64458%£218,64419%
Forest of Dean£638,728£191,793£446,93570%£270,48542%
Fylde£586,022£328,824£257,19844%-£45,3200%
Gateshead£2,672,418£1,752,294£920,12434%-£691,9870%
Gedling£873,093£257,295£615,79871%£379,08743%
Gloucester£1,145,476£280,390£865,08676%£607,12753%
Gosport£565,286£392,550£172,73631%-£188,4100%
Gravesham£893,182£482,914£410,26846%-£34,0130%
Great Yarmouth£1,305,536£803,668£501,86838%-£237,5070%
Greenwich£3,188,238£719,058£2,469,18077%£1,807,64657%
Guildford£469,380£136,261£333,11971%£207,75944%
Hackney£4,612,361£3,202,950£1,409,41131%-£1,537,3030%
Halton UA£1,618,528£1,123,950£494,57831%-£539,4560%
Hambleton£383,193£238,819£144,37438%-£75,3390%
Hammersmith and Fulham£1,947,072£535,894£1,411,17872%£918,15547%
Harborough£298,519£207,300£91,21931%-£99,4970%
Haringey£3,663,666£2,564,566£1,099,10070%-£1,260,3010%
Harlow£933,791£648,450£285,34131%-£311,2330%
Harrogate£863,157£242,184£620,97372%£398,16446%
Harrow£1,391,506£966,300£425,20631%-£463,7900%
Hart£318,608£101,381£217,22768%£123,95739%
Hartlepool UA£1,864,342£1,294,650£569,69231%-£621,3860%
Hastings£1,281,991£426,843£855,14867%£462,45336%
Havant£1,099,899£526,949£572,95052%£88,1588%
Havering£1,807,532£1,255,200£552,33231%-£602,4520%
Herefordshire, County of UA£1,076,354£747,450£328,90431%-£358,7500%
Hertsmere£735,930£202,886£533,04472%£346,38947%
High Peak£716,058£215,475£500,58370%£302,34542%
Hillingdon£2,124,412£709,360£1,415,05267%£762,44036%
Hinckley and Bosworth£531,157£368,850£162,30731%-£177,0350%
Horsham£602,007£327,769£274,23846%-£27,3090%
Hounslow£2,610,856£796,747£1,814,10969%£1,081,10141%
Huntingdonshire£827,084£461,798£365,28644%-£59,5690%
Hyndburn£942,431£519,734£422,69745%-£55,4590%
Ipswich£1,508,581£733,381£775,20051%£100,4907%
Isle of Wight UA£1,135,756£643,905£491,85143%-£100,5410%
Islington£3,879,455£1,551,782£2,327,67340%£900,03423%
Kensington and Chelsea£1,709,466£1,350,478£358,98879%-£883,4520%
Kettering£584,294£405,750£178,54431%-£194,7460%
King’s Lynn and West Norfolk£1,035,961£582,429£453,53244%-£82,3020%
Kingston upon Hull, City of UA£4,251,200£2,952,150£1,299,05031%-£1,416,9280%
Kingston upon Thames£1,132,084£344,991£787,09370%£469,70241%
Kirklees£4,956,890£2,776,960£2,179,93044%-£374,8730%
Knowsley£2,455,764£1,705,350£750,41431%-£818,5080%
Lambeth£3,095,140£1,949,938£1,145,20263%-£648,7410%
Lancaster£1,424,987£435,643£989,34469%£588,55241%
Leeds£8,921,883£4,924,724£3,997,15945%-£533,5880%
Leicester UA£3,738,404£2,596,050£1,142,35431%-£1,246,0120%
Lewes£816,500£567,000£249,50031%-£272,1400%
Lewisham£3,241,160£2,250,750£990,41031%-£1,080,2800%
Lichfield£562,910£390,900£172,01031%-£187,6180%
Lincoln£1,209,846£377,759£832,08769%£484,54840%
Liverpool£9,142,208£4,781,944£4,360,26448%-£39,1240%
Luton UA£2,100,868£940,124£1,160,74455%£295,83114%
Maidstone£1,177,877£817,950£359,92731%-£392,5870%
Maldon£337,832£234,600£103,23231%-£112,6000%
Malvern Hills£409,330£128,177£281,15369%£163,22940%
Manchester£7,458,231£5,179,200£2,279,03131%-£2,485,8330%
Mansfield£1,220,430£847,500£372,93031%-£406,7700%
Medway UA£2,056,371£1,428,000£628,37131%-£685,3890%
Melton£258,126£179,250£78,87631%-£86,0340%
Mendip£742,410£515,550£226,86031%-£247,4460%
Merton£1,483,740£541,587£942,15364%£443,89430%
Mid Devon£474,564£132,274£342,29072%£220,59946%
Mid Suffolk£435,683£206,614£229,06953%£38,9859%
Mid Sussex£695,753£216,043£479,71069%£280,95040%
Middlesbrough UA£2,832,262£1,966,800£865,46231%-£943,9940%
Milton Keynes UA£2,322,057£1,612,500£709,55731%-£773,9430%
Mole Valley£419,914£142,693£277,22166%£145,94435%
New Forest£886,486£505,208£381,27843%-£83,5140%
Newark and Sherwood£810,884£563,100£247,78431%-£270,2680%
Newcastle upon Tyne£1,035,529£397,736£637,79362%£271,87526%
Newcastle-under-Lyme£6,157,231£4,275,750£1,881,48131%-£2,052,2090%
Newham£4,268,049£2,963,850£1,304,19931%-£1,422,5430%
North Devon£692,081£200,958£491,12371%£306,24244%
North East Derbyshire£776,323£499,536£276,78736%-£182,7870%
North East Lincolnshire UA£1,655,033£951,410£703,62343%-£171,6750%
North Hertfordshire£910,246£519,513£390,73343%-£87,2180%
North Kesteven£514,957£289,311£225,64644%-£40,5200%
North Lincolnshire UA£1,170,101£812,550£357,55131%-£389,9950%
North Norfolk£723,834£458,228£265,60637%-£155,9630%
North Somerset UA£1,492,597£1,036,500£456,09731%-£497,4830%
North Tyneside£2,023,970£1,405,500£618,47031%-£674,5900%
North Warwickshire£453,395£296,665£156,73035%-£116,2030%
North West Leicestershire£545,197£378,600£166,59731%-£181,7150%
Northampton£1,861,318£1,292,550£568,76831%-£620,3780%
Northumberland UA£3,381,563£1,686,594£1,694,96950%£143,3034%
Norwich£2,036,930£677,278£1,359,65267%£736,55536%
Nottingham UA£4,022,883£2,793,600£1,229,28331%-£1,340,8290%
Nuneaton and Bedworth£1,156,924£647,309£509,61544%-£85,9100%
Oadby and Wigston£274,327£190,500£83,82731%-£91,4330%
Oldham£3,015,434£1,651,156£1,364,27845%-£154,7860%
Oxford£1,156,492£413,307£743,18564%£362,94331%
Pendle£1,029,697£593,894£435,80342%-£110,5790%
Peterborough UA£1,668,857£938,598£730,25944%-£133,2500%
Plymouth UA£2,574,999£908,141£1,666,85865%£831,36832%
Portsmouth UA£1,866,502£1,296,150£570,35231%-£622,1060%
Preston£1,795,436£969,780£825,65646%-£66,5410%
Reading UA£952,799£661,650£291,14931%-£317,5690%
Redbridge£2,023,106£1,031,784£991,32251%£42,0812%
Redcar and Cleveland UA£1,847,925£1,283,250£564,67531%-£615,9150%
Redditch£671,777£466,500£205,27731%-£223,9030%
Reigate and Banstead£754,507£523,950£230,55731%-£251,4770%
Ribble Valley£222,053£123,825£98,22844%-£15,6910%
Richmond upon Thames£1,118,691£607,836£510,85546%-£48,3540%
Richmondshire (see note 4)£245,598£139,596£106,00243%-£22,4260%
Rochdale£3,064,251£1,741,124£1,323,12743%-£278,7060%
Rochford£336,968£234,000£102,96831%-£112,3120%
Rossendale£734,634£403,120£331,51445%-£39,3570%
Rother£650,824£296,392£354,43254%£81,75013%
Rotherham£2,864,446£1,794,947£1,069,49937%-£581,8520%
Rugby£651,904£452,700£199,20431%-£217,2800%
Runnymede£337,832£234,600£103,23231%-£112,6000%
Rushcliffe£515,389£339,671£175,71834%-£136,7800%
Rushmoor£541,525£376,050£165,47531%-£180,4910%
Rutland UA£121,611£84,450£37,16131%-£40,5330%
Ryedale£333,512£211,968£121,54436%-£73,4660%
Salford£3,581,800£2,487,300£1,094,50031%-£1,193,8160%
Sandwell£4,546,912£1,482,767£3,064,14567%£1,699,99937%
Scarborough£1,243,543£863,550£379,99331%-£414,4730%
Sedgemoor£849,765£590,100£259,66531%-£283,2270%
Sefton£3,036,603£2,108,700£927,90331%-£1,012,1010%
Selby£523,813£363,750£160,06331%-£174,5870%
Sevenoaks£697,265£338,408£358,85751%£47,5227%
Sheffield£6,058,517£4,207,200£1,851,31731%-£2,019,3070%
Shropshire UA£1,540,118£880,007£660,11143%-£149,4950%
Slough UA£1,332,321£637,700£694,62152%£107,9388%
Solihull£1,571,871£1,091,550£480,32131%-£523,9050%
Somerset West and Taunton£1,382,002£385,246£996,75672%£642,32946%
South Cambridgeshire£661,192£245,470£415,72263%£189,89029%
South Derbyshire£606,111£336,787£269,32444%-£40,5200%
South Gloucestershire UA£1,115,883£774,900£340,98331%-£371,9250%
South Hams£507,828£165,550£342,27867%£189,97237%
South Holland£461,387£262,627£198,76043%-£42,8570%
South Kesteven£924,719£642,150£282,56931%-£308,2090%
South Lakeland£487,092£167,282£319,81066%£165,91034%
South Norfolk£756,235£414,252£341,98345%-£39,1300%
South Northamptonshire£283,831£178,652£105,17937%-£59,1810%
South Oxfordshire£577,166£163,177£413,98972%£263,86646%
South Ribble£707,201£179,091£528,11075%£363,34651%
South Somerset£1,155,628£802,500£353,12831%-£385,1720%
South Staffordshire£514,957£279,378£235,57946%-£21,4500%
South Tyneside£2,497,669£1,734,450£763,21931%-£832,4750%
Southampton UA£2,584,071£1,794,450£789,62131%-£861,2730%
Southend-on-Sea UA£1,661,945£1,154,100£507,84531%-£553,9270%
Southwark£3,476,389£1,251,500£2,224,88936%£1,073,50931%
Spelthorne£588,614£408,750£179,86431%-£196,1860%
St Albans£779,347£245,955£533,39268%£307,11439%
St. Helens£1,905,815£1,323,450£582,36531%-£635,2090%
Stafford£651,040£187,083£463,95771%£291,84145%
Staffordshire Moorlands£516,901£315,759£201,14239%-£89,3560%
Stevenage£779,347£484,800£294,54738%-£151,4690%
Stockport£2,462,460£668,256£1,794,20473%£1,179,40848%
Stockton-on-Tees UA£2,440,212£1,694,550£745,66231%-£813,3240%
Stoke-on-Trent UA£3,157,350£1,752,468£1,404,88245%-£207,3890%
Stratford-on-Avon£660,760£458,850£201,91031%-£220,2320%
Stroud£628,575£195,710£432,86569%£252,81340%
Sunderland£4,195,687£2,083,151£2,112,53650%£196,0375%
Surrey Heath£293,551£203,850£89,70131%-£97,8410%
Sutton£1,646,824£839,880£806,94451%£34,2542%
Swale£1,173,341£814,800£358,54131%-£391,0750%
Swindon UA£1,305,752£704,995£600,75746%-£47,8380%
Tameside£2,158,109£1,498,650£659,45931%-£719,2990%
Tamworth£565,718£392,850£172,86831%-£188,5540%
Tandridge£466,571£132,163£334,40872%£212,81846%
Teignbridge£940,055£295,781£644,27469%£372,15640%
Telford and Wrekin UA£1,820,061£785,276£1,034,78557%£312,33117%
Tendring£1,374,442£954,450£419,99231%-£458,1020%
Test Valley£573,710£283,705£290,00551%£28,9955%
Tewkesbury£532,237£118,397£413,84078%£304,91657%
Thanet£1,644,880£856,716£788,16448%-£150%
Three Rivers£497,676£128,385£369,29174%£251,17650%
Thurrock UA£1,283,936£891,600£392,33631%-£427,9360%
Tonbridge and Malling£866,829£461,274£405,55547%-£18,8160%
Torbay UA£1,610,536£1,118,400£492,13631%-£536,7920%
Torridge£419,266£291,150£128,11631%-£139,7420%
Tower Hamlets£4,382,100£3,286,575£1,095,52575%-£1,928,1240%
Trafford£1,561,070£304,564£1,256,50680%£976,30763%
Tunbridge Wells£621,879£431,850£190,02931%-£207,2730%
Uttlesford£325,304£172,128£153,17647%-£5,1830%
Vale of White Horse£618,639£306,195£312,44451%£30,7455%
Wakefield£3,405,540£2,364,900£1,040,64031%-£1,135,0680%
Walsall£3,879,239£1,966,039£1,913,20049%£104,4433%
Waltham Forest£2,053,994£1,426,350£627,64431%-£684,5980%
Wandsworth£1,987,681£1,380,300£607,38131%-£662,4950%
Warrington UA£1,589,583£592,183£997,40063%£452,59228%
Warwick£819,308£228,168£591,14072%£381,22647%
Watford£802,028£177,617£624,41178%£461,00357%
Waverley£527,485£139,422£388,06374%£259,79449%
Wealden£689,705£160,840£528,86577%£380,89255%
Wellingborough£550,382£382,200£168,18231%-£183,4420%
Welwyn Hatfield£826,436£432,649£393,78748%-£4,2490%
West Berkshire UA£548,870£288,709£260,16147%-£5,4520%
West Devon£355,977£75,600£280,37779%£210,82559%
West Lancashire£994,920£533,778£461,14246%-£29,9330%
West Lindsey£793,388£409,959£383,42948%£6,2671%
West Oxfordshire£474,564£109,882£364,68277%£263,59156%
West Suffolk£1,037,690£634,933£402,75739%-£181,3810%
Westminster (see note 6)£2,203,686£503,257£1,700,42977%£1,237,43456%
Wigan£3,509,222£1,839,144£1,670,07848%-£21,9340%
Wiltshire UA£3,222,151£1,661,310£1,560,84148%£32,4351%
Winchester£659,680£169,879£489,80174%£333,51251%
Windsor and Maidenhead UA£564,206£275,290£288,91651%£35,6506%
Wirral£3,910,992£2,005,230£1,905,76249%£60,9502%
Woking£505,452£97,637£407,81581%£317,98863%
Wokingham UA£415,594£104,222£311,37275%£215,48752%
Wolverhampton£3,272,264£2,272,350£999,91431%-£1,090,6480%
Worcester£868,557£220,522£648,03575%£445,15551%
Worthing£709,577£492,750£216,82731%-£236,5030%
Wychavon£767,251£532,800£234,45131%-£255,7250%
Wyre£1,043,738£470,831£572,90755%£139,74313%
Wyre Forest£952,367£200,355£752,01279%£567,68660%
York UA£956,904£664,500£292,40431%-£318,9360%

These figures are for guidelines only. In calculating the cost of the Hardship Fund the following principles are used:

  • Average % of the UK low-income population with non-dependant deductions and the average cost of non-dependant deductions in the UK
  • Average proportion of the low-income ESA/LCW claimants in the UK who are in the Support/LCWRA group
  • Where the local authority has set a different maximum CTS award for vulnerable claimants, this is applied to the UK average proportion of the low-income population that are in receipt of disability benefits or ESA Support/LCWRA
  • The analysis presumes a discount for all claims in the caseload pre-COVID-19. This is the caseload that MHCLG used to determine awards
  • The analysis presumes a maximum award of £150 or residual council tax liability
  • Calculations are based on the Band B liability for each local authority. This is the modal national council tax liability for the low-income population

Spend your extra money well

Some councils will have over £3 million for discretionary support to distribute to low-income households.

Use your admin data and, via a LIFT Platform, identify the most vulnerable households. Target your extra support to these households, and then track change over time.

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