Thousands of households will be paid council tax rebate in TWO DAYS

Thousands of households will be paid council tax rebate in TWO DAYS


THOUSANDS of households will receive their £150 council tax rebate in just two days time.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the support back in February as part of a package of support for households struggling with the rising cost of living.

Anyone in the UK living in properties that fall under council tax bands A-D will be entitled to the one-off cash payment.

But as the payment comes directly from your local council, exactly when you get it varies depending on where you live.

Residents in Hull for example, lucked out earlier than most when they saw the cash enter their bank accounts earlier this week.

While, families in the West Midlands started to receive their £150 council tax rebates on Thursday.


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But some households could have to wait until September for their payment, as a string of councils have warned of delays.

Luckily, those who are only a short while away from the coast don't have much more of a wait.

That's because residents in East Hampshire are set to receive their money as early as Monday – in two days time.

In a statement East Hampshire District Council revealed:"Most customers will receive their payment from Monday April 25."

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As many as 22,000 households in the area are in line to get the payment, but you'll only get your hands on it as early as Monday if you typically pay your council tax by direct debit.

If that's the case, you shouldn't have to apply for the cash – you get it automatically, so it's just a case of sitting tight and waiting.

Those who don't pay by direct debit will get a letter in May from the council explaining how they can claim the £150 energy rebate – so watch out for this if it concerns you.

What if I don't live in East Hampshire?

Councils started sending out payments from April 7, but the exact date you get yours depends on your local authority and if it has your bank details on record.

Residents in Barnet, North London, should get their rebate soon as the council confirmed just yesterday it has started to make payments.

Knowsley Council also announced it had begun processing the rebates.

York Council has confirmed it has started to pay out the £150 grants and that eligible households will get the money by the end of the month.

While the Forest of Dean District Council said payments will begin next week.

Check your local council's website and social media pages for the latest updates on when you will get the cash.

By the time the scheme has been fully rolled out, four in five households across the UK will get the money, which doesn't have to be paid back.

You can also find out which band you're in by using the government's search tool – you just need to enter your postcode.

But you should challenge your council tax band if you think it's wrong, so you don't miss out on the cash.

One woman revealed how she saved hundreds when she questioned the band of her property.

Just beware a revaluation of your band could put you in a lower band where you pay MORE council tax, so consider the risks.

What other help can I get with my Council Tax bill?

If you're not eligible for the one-off refund, you should check whether you qualify for any other help.

A separate £144million fund has also been launched which local councils can dish out to vulnerable and low income households.

Each council has been given a different amount, and the support will be worth up to £150 to individuals.

The pot of cash each area gets depends on size and need, so for example Birmingham has £3.6 million, while the Isles of Scilly have £17,550. 

Some households can get a separate discount on their council tax bill, while others don't have to pay anything at all.

For example, students and some pension credit claimants are completely exempt from having to pay.

Meanwhile, single people are entitled to 25% off their bill, while an adult living with a student can get 50% off.

If you are on a low income or receiving benefits, you could eligible for a reduction on your council tax.

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The requirements vary depending on where you live, so first step is to check with your local council.

You can apply for a reduction through the Government website.

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