With the national news of an Energy price cap freeze for two years and launch of the local discretionary fund, Hyndburn Council are putting measures in place to help residents over the coming years.
Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE, Leader of Hyndburn Council:
“The information from new Prime Minister about energy price cap freezes is welcome news for Hyndburn and I am pleased to say we are also putting measures in place on a local level to help. This includes absorbing energy costs, utilising reserve funds if needed and committing to a zero percent increase in council tax for next year’s financial year. I am very pleased that Hyndburn Council can commit to this, and it is due to the exceptional work over many years from finance officers who have worked to ensure we are equipped and in a healthy financial position.”
Hyndburn Borough Council will absorb increased costs for services such as cremation and funerals for this year, rather than increasing prices for the community. If the energy crisis continues, then next financial year The Council will utilise reserves to ensure increased costs do not fall to residents.
“Our discretionary fund for the Energy Rebate has now also opened and people are able to apply for this until the end of October. This fund is aimed at people who are struggling but were not eligible for the £150 rebate for houses in band A-D. I would urge residents who are in Council Tax property band E-H and meet other eligibility criteria, such as in receipt of benefits like Child Tax Credits or Council Tax Support to apply as soon as possible.
“There is a dedicated team who can help with queries about this, the council can be contacted on 01254 388 111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .”
More information about the fund can be found here: https://www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk/news/discretionary-fund-energy-rebate/