Those living in council tax bands A-D are entitled to a £150 payment to ease the cost of rising energy bills, however, some people who don’t pay their council tax by direct debit – and therefore weren’t eligible for an automatic payment – have still not claimed the payout.
Authorities across England have set application deadlines, and some councils have already shut applications for the rebate.
According to The Sun, anyone who has not yet applied will be credited the £150 to their council tax account as opposed to being handed cash.
Instead, the £150 will come off their council tax bill.
Seven councils have already set application deadlines this week alone, with Nottingham City Council’s being 20 August, Harlow Council’s 31 August, 1 August for the London Borough of Camden, 31 August for Wirral Council, 31 August for Sedgemoor District Council, 14 August for Herefordshire Council and 22 August for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council.
Households who make an application before the deadline will have the cash sent from a local authority directly to their bank.
Anyone still waiting on a payment should check their local council’s website for an update, however, most people who are eligible for the payment and paid their council tax bill via direct debit before 1 April should have already received money.
LADbible has approached the Valuation Office Agency for comment.
The £150 rebate was part of a support package launched by then-Chancellor Rishi Sunak back in March to help ease the cost of living crisis.
Sunak said at the time: “Right now, I know the number one issue on people's minds is the rising cost of living.
"That's why the Government is stepping in with direct support that will help around 28 million households with their rising energy costs over the next year.
"We stood behind British people and businesses throughout the pandemic and it's right we continue to do that as our economy recovers in the months ahead."
Residents in England who live in council tax bands A to D – which is around 80 percent of people – started getting the £150 rebate from 1 April.
There is also the Discretionary Fund that was set up by the government for billing authorities to support households in need who cannot claim the £150 rebate. £100m will be allocated to this fund for 2022-2023 from April.