THOUSANDS of households across the UK will see the £150 council tax refund land in their accounts in the coming weeks.
Many have already taken advantage of government assistance, but there are so many more still waiting to receive their payments in June.
They will also be a welcome relief as the country continues to grapple with the crippling cost of living crisis.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the free support earlier this year in February to help people cope with soaring inflation.
If your property is in municipal tax bracket A to D, you are entitled to a one-time cash payment from the government which is distributed by your local authority.
The £150 does not need to be refunded, but the date you can expect it to change depending on your area and how you pay your council tax bill.
Many councils have already had theirs.
Sunderland Council made its payments towards the end of April, and so did residents of Leeds, Bracknell and many others.
You can find your local council using the government search tool, to check when you can expect to receive your own payment if you haven’t already.
In the meantime, we’re listing the councils that will start rolling out payments throughout this month.
Areas giving money in June
North East Lincolnshire Council is writing to all residents who have not yet received their £150 payment, starting tomorrow, to confirm details so they can get their money this month.
It’s the same for everyone who lives in Slough.
The council has already released 23,078 energy rebate payments which total around £3.4million, but anyone who hasn’t had a slice of them can therefore expect to receive contacts over the next month.
Residents of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Breckland and Fenland don’t have to wait much longer either, as the final payments will be made by June 7.
There is a catch to delivering payments on time, however – they must have applied if they are a non-direct debit payer by June 5.
All is not lost, if you live in the area but don’t complete the form at this time, you will simply have to wait until mid-June for your council tax account to be credited.
Cherwell council said it was aiming to make all of its reimbursement payments in June and July.
Meanwhile in Elmbridge, municipal taxpayers who do not pay by direct debit will be able to claim from June 10.
Many others will also be rolling out their own payments – just check with your own authority for the latest information.
What if I’m not eligible for the £150 payment?
Eligibility for Council Tax Refund applies to all UK residents, but that doesn’t mean EVERYONE will get it.
If you are not in groups A to D, you will not qualify.
But in addition to the council’s main energy tax rebate scheme, councils have received a discretionary fund of £144m.
Those not eligible for the £150 will be able to apply, such as those living in EH council tax brackets.
But not only that, many of those who fall into the right category can also get a “reload”.
This means they receive money on top of the £150, in some cases providing households with support of up to £170 or £200 in total.
Either way, you can check your local council’s website and social media pages for the latest updates on when you’ll get the money, if it’s over or not.
If you think you’re short on money, you can challenge your tax bracket if you think it’s wrong.
Just beware that a reassessment of your band could put you in a lower band where you pay MORE council tax, so consider the risks.
You can also apply for a council tax reduction if you are on a low income or apply for other benefits – in some cases you may even be able to get up to 100% off.
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