Council tax rebates of £150 to be issued at end of April
Council tax rebates of £150 are due to be issued by councils later this month in response to energy price rises.
The one-off cash payments from the Government are non-returnable and are aimed at softening the blow of higher prices for households in council tax bands A to D.
South Kesteven District Council says rebates, which it will start paying from April 25, are likely to benefit tens of thousands of residents across the district and payments will be made automatically to all those who pay their council tax by direct debit.
Deputy leader of the council Adam Stokes said: "We are keen to distribute this money as quickly as possible and our staff are working to identify eligible households so that we can get payments under way.
"Anyone paying council tax by direct debit will receive their £150 directly into their bank account. We would urge those who do not yet pay by direct debit to set one up - that way we can get the rebate paid quickly and easily.
“If anyone is not happy to pay by direct debit, we will contact them and arrange to collect their details to pay the £150. They do not need to contact us.”
SKDC estimates that there are approximately 14,500 households that are not set up for direct debit payments and is taking steps to ensure that rebates are handled safely.
To set up a direct debit, go to https://bit.ly/38lmqZw
Rutland County Council will be paying the rebate to residents after April 1. To be eligible for the Council Energy Tax rebate, you must:
- Live in a property in council tax bands A-D
- Be the council tax bill-payer on April 1
Rutland County Council estimates that around 10,000 households in Rutland will qualify for the rebate. For those who pay council tax by direct debit, the rebate will be paid straight into bank accounts approximately one week after their first council tax direct debit instalment is paid in April.
Council leader Oliver Hemsley (Con) said: "For those on direct debit, we envisage that all rebate payments will be made by the end of April. For those not on direct debit, we are working with the Post Office and will be using their ‘Pay Out’ scheme.
"This means eligible residents will receive a letter with a barcode that will allow them to go any Post Office and claim their £150 rebate. Residents will have to show the barcode and identification to receive their payment. We have almost 2,500 residents in this position and would encourage people to claim as soon as they can.”