Martin Lewis answers question about council tax rebate delays
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The £150 council tax rebate was announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak back in February to help people through the cost of living crisis. However, some people are still desperately waiting for the money which they need to pay energy bills.
North Northamptonshire Council, Torbay and Braintree council residents should have also received their rebates by now to help ease the cost of living.
However, despite the roll-out of the council tax rebate beginning in April, many councils are yet to make the £150 payment.
More councils have confirmed they will be paying out this month with people who pay by direct debit receiving the money first.
Anyone who doesn’t pay by direct debit might have to wait for a cheque but should go onto their local council website to find out.
Councils have until September to issue the refunds but many people will be hoping they receive the money much sooner.
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A full list of all councils who will be issuing rebates in May has been shared by The Mirror:
Rossendale Borough Council
Charnwood Borough Council
Reading Borough Council
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Test Valley Borough Council
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
Liverpool City Council
Luton Borough Council
North Hertfordshire Council
North Tyneside Council
Northumberland County Council
Sevenoaks District Council
South Lakeland District Council
Tamworth Borough Council
While households who fall into bands E, F, G and H won’t be automatically eligible for the £150 council tax rebate, they can apply for help.
All councils have a discretionary Household Support Fund to help local residents who are struggling.
A warning has also been issued to anyone who is in their overdraft to take steps to ensure their rebate is not swallowed up.
The National Debt website has a sample letter for households to use if they wish to exercise their right of appropriation.
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This can be downloaded and emailed to banks if needed.
Meanwhile, Britons are also being warned not to fall for a council tax refund scam doing the rounds.
Councils would never cold call someone to ask for their bank details over the phone.
They can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
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