MILLION households will get a Council tax refund this year to help struggling Britons cope with the rising cost of living.
The government says 80% of households will receive a £150 rebate – we explain how to get it and whether you need to apply.
The Prime Minister announced the refund today as part of a package to support households struggling with rising costs of living.
Last year, the government announced that local authorities could increase tax rate up to 3% without a referendum.
Councils can increase rates further by adding an additional amount for social care services.
That means some households are facing Council tax bill increased up to 5% – put pressure on already stretched budgets.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said earlier today: “Right now, I know the number one issue on everyone’s mind is the rising cost of living.
“That’s why the government is stepping in with direct support that will help around 28 million households deal with rising energy costs next year.”
He also spoke to Brits earlier this evening about the suggested help.
Who is eligible for the £150 tax rebate?
UK households in council tax range A to D will receive a £150 refund from April.
The government says this represents about 80% of households.
Council tax rates are based on the value of a property – more expensive properties will be charged a higher tax rate.
You can tell which band you’re in by using government search tool – you just need to enter your postcode.
How can I get a council tax discount?
Most people who pay their council tax with Direct Debit will get the amount refunded straight to their bank account.
These people will receive the money from April and do not need to apply.
Households that don’t pay with Direct Debit will have to claim, and you can do so from April.
You should contact your local council to learn how to submit your request.
Not like £200 energy bill paymentAlso announced today, the £150 tax refund will not have to be refunded.
What other help is available?
If you are not eligible for a one-time refund, you should check if you have eligible for any other assistance.
Some households may get a discount, while others pay no council tax at all.
For example, students and some retiree credit claimants are exempt from paying the bill entirely.
Meanwhile, singles get 25% off their bills, while adults living with students can get 50% off.
If you are on a low income or receiving benefitsyou may be eligible for a council tax relief.
Requirements for help will vary depending on where you live, so a good first step is to check with your local council.
You can sign up for a discount through Government website.
You will need a national insurance number, bank statement, recent pay slip or letter from the Job Center, and a passport or driver’s license to deliver.
If there are other adults in the household, you may also need the same information for them.
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