Martin Lewis dont-delay warning to families waiting on £150 council tax rebate

Martin Lewis' expert team have issued homeowners with urgent advice ahead of receiving the £150 council tax rebate next month.

The discount is one of many support measures announced by the UK government after energy regulator Ofgem confirmed the energy price cap will rise by 54% in April because of surging wholesale gas prices.

Rishi Sunak confirmed that the rebate will be available to all households in England that are in council tax bands A, B, C or D.

With the money back set to start appearing in accounts of those eligible next month, Martin Lewis' MoneySavingExpert team has issued a reminder of who will get the rebate and what to do in order to avoid delays with getting the payment.

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"Those who pay council tax by direct debit will get it automatically paid into their bank accounts," the experts said in the latest edition of the MSE newsletter.

The advice follows a recent warning from the Local Government Association (LGA), about how those who don’t pay by direct debit could face delays in receiving their council tax rebate.

According to Councillor Shaun Davies, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council: "Having a direct debit set up will mean councils can automatically pay the £150 energy rebate straight into your bank account. It is quick and easy to set up to pay council tax by direct debit via your council's website."

Can I still get the council tax discount without a direct debit?

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The LGA estimates around one million Brits don’t pay their council tax by direct debit. But you can still get your rebate money even if you don't have a direct debit set up.

However, this could take longer as your council will have to contact you with information on how claim it and then you'll have to make the claim.

If you choose to set up a direct debit, this allows payments to be taken automatically from your bank account each month, over 12 months or 10.

How to set up direct debit payments

To set up direct debit payments, you'll have to get in touch with your local council directly. The council tax direct debit can be set up online, or over the phone or post if you prefer.

You can find your local council using the Gov.uk website and searching your postcode.

In case you don't qualify for the £150 council tax rebate you may still be eligible for other help. A separate £144 million fund has also been launched which local councils can use to assist vulnerable and low income households.

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