Are you one of 300,000 households yet to receive the £150 council tax rebate?
In April, the government announced households in England would be given a one-off £150 council tax rebate to help with the soaring cost of energy.
Today, the government revealed that 99% of eligible households have received the non-repayable rebate to help with the cost-of-living crisis.
That equates to 19 million households in England benefiting by the end of September.
But the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities confirmed to YourMoney.com that the 1% yet to receive the payment equates to 300,000 households.
It added that the original deadline for payments to be made was 30 September 2022. However, it has pushed this deadline back to 30 November 2022.
The department said a total of £2.87bn of the core council tax rebate has gone to households under the scheme, an increase of £217m from the previous month.
“To ensure as many eligible households as possible receive the payment, the government is today extending the deadline for claims, helping councils support the most hard to reach households such as those that moved and did not provide any payment information.”
Levelling Up minister, Dehenna Davison, added: “Thanks to the tireless work of councils, more than 99% of eligible households up and down the country have received their council tax rebate.
“We are now extending the deadline to claim the £150 payment to ensure as many eligible households as possible receive this payment. I urge everyone to check their eligibility and contact their local council if they have not already”.
Council tax rebate
Those in council tax bands A-D (as at 1 April 2022) are eligible for the £150 council tax rebate with the government saying at the time that around 80% of homes in England – 20 million households would benefit. Similar schemes are also running in Scotland and Wales.
The non-repayable sum is made directly by local authorities and where it holds direct debit details, the one-off payment is made directly to bank accounts.
However, where billing authorities do not have these details, they were expected to ask residents for the information so the £150 could be paid.
Anyone who is yet to receive their rebate is urged to check their local council for more information and to make a claim.
The rebate is part of the government’s £37bn cost of living support, which includes a further £400 energy grant, as well as £1,200 for the most vulnerable in society.