2. Exceptional hardship fund and equalities
The creation of an Exceptional Hardship Fund meets our obligations under the Equalities Act.
The government has been clear that, in developing the local Council Tax Support scheme, vulnerable groups should be protected. Other than statutory protection for low income pensioners the Government has not prescribed other groups that local authorities should support. We have designed the Council Tax Support scheme to take account of the various statutes that currently protect vulnerable people.
We recognise the importance of protecting our most vulnerable customers and also the impact these changes have. We have created an Exceptional Hardship Fund to ensure that we protect and support those most in need. The Exceptional Hardship Fund is intended to help in cases of extreme financial hardship, and not support a lifestyle.