Thousands of council tax payers in South Oxfordshire will soon receive a £150 council tax ‘rebate’ to help with rising energy bills.
The government has announced that most households in council tax bands A-D will be eligible for the rebate, however, the ‘rebate’ will not be taken off residents’ council tax bills when they are issued.
South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) is putting arrangements in place to make a separate payment to households as soon as possible:
- If a household pays their council tax by direct debit, they should be able to receive the £150 directly into their bank account, hopefully by the end of April.
- If a household is not on direct debit, it will take longer to make these payments as the council will need to write to them to confirm their bank details.
To ensure the council can carry out this work as quickly as possible, it is asking people not to contact them to chase the ‘rebate’ payment.
To receive the £150 payment as quickly as possible, residents can still sign up to pay their bill by direct debit at southoxon.gov.uk/counciltax.
Limited funding will also be made available for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible for this energy rebate. This will be a local discretionary scheme and details will be made available on the council’s website in due course.
More information on the SODC news website.