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Are you missing out on a council tax reduction?

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LOCAL Welsh Labour Members of the Senedd Joyce Watson MS and Eluned Morgan MS are urging everyone to check if they are eligible for help with paying their council tax bills.

With more people than ever facing financial hardship due to the coronavirus crisis, the Welsh Labour Government’s flagship Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) already supports almost 300,000 low-income households in Wales every year with their council tax bills.

You may be entitled to pay less council tax if:

  • you believe you live on a low income
  • you live alone, or with people/children who do not pay council tax
  • you are a student
  • you are disabled
  • you are severely mentally impaired

Joyce Watson MS, Mid and West Wales, said: “I know this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone, with many people struggling to cope financially due to the effects of Covid-19.

“The Council Tax Reduction Scheme is already helping hundreds of thousands of households across Wales, but I know that there are still many missing out on the discounts, reductions and exemptions they are entitled to. I encourage everyone to check the Welsh Government website to find out if they could be paying less. The check doesn’t take long and can be accessed at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/C8TB4/?lang=300442

Ensuring that vulnerable households are benefiting from the help they are entitled to is a priority for the Welsh Labour Government. Last year, Welsh Labour’s Finance Minister, Rebecca Evans MS, commissioned independent research to understand the impact of the UK Tory Government’s Universal Credit on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme and rent arrears in Wales.

The final report shows that for many households in Wales, the move to Universal Credit can have a negative impact on council tax reduction awards, council tax debt or rent arrears. The report also provides more detail about some of the options for making changes to the Council Tax Reduction Scheme and highlights the difficulties some households face in understanding the Universal Credit system as well as its relationship with the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

Eluned Morgan MS, Mid and West Wales, added: “The findings from this latest report will also help the Welsh Labour Government understand the negative impact that the Tory UK Government’s Universal Credit system is having on some of the most vulnerable people in Mid and West Wales.

“Ensuring every household receives the council tax support they are entitled to is an important part of the Welsh Labour Government’s commitment to making council tax fairer.”

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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