MORE councils have begun dishing out the £150 council tax rebate THIS week, helping thousands of households.
The payment is aimed at easing financial strain as a result of the cost of living crisis.
As part of the government's initiative to help tackle soaring costs, households could get a £150 council tax rebate payment.
If your property falls within the council tax band of A to D, you are likely entitled to this one off cash payment which is being dished out by your local authority.
The cash is entirely free and does not need to be repaid.
The date you'll receive it depends on your location and how your pay your council tax bill.
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Those who pay by direct debit don't have to do anything to claim the support as their bank details are already on file, meaning they are likely to see the cash sooner than others.
Those who pay by other means will need to apply for the money, usually by filling out an online form on the relevant council's website.
Find your local council using the government's search tool here.
Last week, 30,000 Hull residents received the payment.
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And more are set to receive the lump sum in their accounts this week.
Am I eligible for the payment?
Not only must your property fall within the appropriate tax bands, but other eligibility criteria applies.
Each council will outline this on its website, though some common requirements include:
- The property must be occupied;
- The property must be the main dwelling of the residents, i.e., not a second home;
- The residents pay council tax.
Here's a list of the councils that will begin rolling out payments this week.
Please note, we will continue to add to this list over the next few days as more councils confirm payments.
Councils issuing payments this week:
Sunderland City Council – April 25
Sunderland City Council provided 71,000 residents with the council tax rebate by Easter.
The authority explains on its website that these payments were for residents who already pay their council tax by direct debit.
It then confirms that residents who have recently become direct debit payers will start to receive their payments from Monday 25 April, yesterday.
Though this is providing their bank details have been validated.
Those paying by other means should fill out an online application form, and applications will then be verified and validated before payments can be made.
Leeds City Council – April 25
Some residents living in Leeds may have already received their payment between April 1 and April 18 if their direct debit date was at the end of March.
Those whose direct debit date was April 10, you may have seen the payment in your bank account yesterday, April 25.
Anyone with a direct debit set up later than April 10 should expect their £150 payment between May 2 and May 9.
If you don't pay your council tax by direct debit, you will have to complete the rebate form online.
Bracknell Forest Council – April 25 to 29
Bracknell Forest Council announced that payments to direct debit customers will be made from April 25, which was yesterday.
But it could take a few days for the payments to be received, so you should expect to see the cash by this Friday, April 29.
Like the other authorities, Bracknell Forest requires residents who don't pay by direct debit to fill out the online form to claim the support.
North Somerset Council – April 26
North Somerset Council said payments will be made automatically to those who have completed direct debit payments for the 2022/23 council tax bill, and whose bank details they have on file.
If you're one of these people, you can expect a payment in your account from today, April 26.
If the council doesn't hold your bank details because you pay by other means, arrangements will be made for you to supply these so payment can be made.
Arun District Council – April 28
Payments are already being rolled out to Arun residents, with the first group being paid around April 14.
Direct debit customers who made a payment yesterday could get the cash as soon as April 28, this Thursday.
The council doesn't yet have full details on how to apply for the rebate if you do not pay by direct debit, but it expects applications will be able to be made from April 29 with clearer instructions.
Fenland District Council – April 29
Fenland District Council tweeted yesterday, April 25, that its eligible residents should expect to receive the council tax rebate payment later this week.
If you are a resident who signed up to direct debit before April 22, 2022, the rebate is expected to be paid by April 29, 2022, which is this Friday.
Further payments will be made throughout May to those who signed up on or after April 22.
Letters will be sent out to all non-direct debit payers around May 2, 2022, with a link to a claim form to apply for the rebate.
The deadline to complete a claim will be May 31, 2022.
Manchester City Council – April 29
Manchester residents who pay their council tax by direct debit should have the £150 paid directly into their bank account automatically.
Manchester City Council aims to make the payments by April 29 – though this doesn't apply to everyone.
If you signed up to pay by direct debit after April 7, you won't get the payment automatically.
Instead, you'll receive a letter with details of how you can apply for the £150 payment.
The council began sending letters to residents yesterday, April 25.
St Helens Council – April 30
On its website, St Helens Council says customers paying via direct debit should expect to see the free help in their accounts by April 30.
Those paying in a different way will need to make a claim for the cash by filling out an online form.
The council confirms that you can choose to receive your payment by either bank transfer, Post Office voucher or a credit onto your council tax account.
Uttlesford district Council – End of April onwards
Households in council tax bands A to D in Uttlesford will get a £150 rebate from this week.
Uttlesford District Council said direct debit payers will get the support directly in their bank accounts from the end of April, which is this week.
The latest the payment should be made is the beginning of May, according to its website.
If you don't pay by direct debit, the council will be in contact with you asking for your bank details to arrange payment.
Preston City Council – End of April onwards
If Preston City Council has your bank details on file because you pay by direct debit, you should receive the £150 rebate this week.
The council says it is aiming make payments from the end of April onwards, and this week marks the final week of April.
For those who don't have a direct debit set up, you will need to verify your bank details with Preston council or select an alternative payment method for the cash.
The authority notes that applications will be made through a secure process, and it will publish details of how to do so at a later date.
Some residents could face a six month wait for the council tax rebate.
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