The council tax rebate scheme was launched as part of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Energy Bills Rebate to help UK households with the cost of living crisis. The scheme offers residents living in council tax bands A to D a £150 non-repayable rebate to help families out with the ever-increasing bills Britons are currently facing.
Councils across the UK were due to start paying eligible households from April 1, however, a number announced residents may not receive payment for months to come.
This is because many councils are still waiting for the new payment software update to enable funds to be processed.
According to Chelmsford City Council, because of the council tax system being designed “to collect money rather than pay it out”, new software has had to be installed – and with new software comes checks, which has caused the delays.
Several councils have stated those who pay council tax via direct debit will receive funds faster as respective details will already be logged in the system.
So, if you want a speedier payment, it’s advised you set this up first.
Councils have until September 30 to pay out the money. However, seven councils have announced they will be processing payments this week.
What councils are paying out the rebate this week?
The following councils have announced on their websites they will be paying residents the rebate as of this week.
- Rossendale Borough Council: Households will have started to receive the £150 rebate from May 3
- Charnwood Borough Council: Residents who paid the April instalment of council tax on April 3 will receive the £150 rebate “around May 6”.
- Reading Borough Council: In a statement posted online on May 3, it details residents will start to receive the payment “later this week”.
- Southend-on-Sea Borough Council: The website states payments were being processed last week and will have hit bank accounts from May 4.
- Basildon Council: Payments for those paying council tax by Direct Debit are expected to land in bank accounts from May 6.
- Thurrock Council: The website states “from the first week of May 2022” it has already paid the rebate to thousands of households.
- Test Valley Borough Council: On May 3, Test Valley Borough Council posted an update saying it has started making payments to residents who pay by Direct Debit.
Several other councils have announced they will be making payments in May, but have not detailed a specific date yet.
These councils checked include (but are not limited to):
- Allerdale Borough Council
- Birmingham City Council
- Derby City Council
- Gloucester City Council
- Halton Borough Council
- Hammersmith and Fulham Council
- Hastings Borough Council
- Havering Borough Council
- Lewisham Council
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Today’s banding is based on the value of your home on 1 April 1991.
- Band A – property value up to £40,000
- Band B – property value over £40,000 and up to £52,000
- Band C – property value over £52,000 and up to £68,000
- Band D – property value over £68,000 and up to £88,000
- Band E – property value over £88,000 and up to £120,000
- Band F – property value over £120,000 and up to £160,000
- Band G – property value over £160,000 and up to £320,000
- Band H – property value over £320,000
This banding determines how much council tax households should pay every month and contributes to the services provided by the council.
Council tax covers schools, roads, libraries, support for vulnerable children and adults, and rubbish collections, as well as the police, fire services and other local services.