How to claim council tax rebate 2022 and when you will get £150 payment

The devastating cost of living crisis is affecting every household across the country as people struggle to make ends meet. However some households may be entitled to a non-payable one off payment of £150 this Spring.

Earlier this year Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that millions of people will receive a council tax rebate this spring as part of a £9.1bn Treasury support package.

Unlike the £200 energy rebate to be made later in the year, the £150 council tax rebate does not need to be repaid. So, how does the council tax rebate work and how do you find out if you are entitled to it?

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Here’s everything we know about how to apply, when the deadline is and when you are likely to receive it.

How does the council tax rebate work?

The £150 council tax rebate will be paid to households living in council tax bands A – D.

The Government website states: “Payments will be made from April 2022 and will not need to be paid back”.

This includes those who receive Local Council Tax Support, even if their council tax bill is less than £150 for the year.

If occupants of a property in bands A – D are exempt from council tax on 1 April 2022, they will qualify for the rebate if the property falls in one of the following classes of exemption:

  • Class N (students – other than HMOs for council tax purposes)
  • Class S (under-18s)
  • Class U (people with a severe mental impairment),
  • Class W (annexes occupied by a dependent relative)

How do I apply for my rebate?

If you are one eligible for the rebate you will receive the payment automatically to your account, you should pay your council tax bill by direct debit.

The rebate should be paid as a separate payment, rather than as part of your council tax bill.

For those who are eligible but use an alternative method of payment than direct debit will be contacted by their council from April to arrange a method for paying the rebate.

The government advises that you do not need to do anything, if you are eligible, your local council may offer you the option to receive the payment as a council tax account credit.

As a rough timescale, claims for the rebate can be processed anything between April 2022 up until 30 September 2022, therefore, you might not receive your rebate straight away.

MoneySavingExpert advises people to prepare themselves for the rebate not coming in April.

There are reports of one council telling residents a “software issue” was holding the payments up and they would not receive their payment until “at least June”.

While another council said told residents they would not receive their payment until September.

How do I know what council tax band I am in?

You can find out which council tax band you are in by visiting the government website, here:

If you need help finding your local council, click the link here.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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