Households across England are being urged to set up direct debits with their local council to automatically receive a council tax rebate that will help millions of families manage costs of living. 4 out of 5 households will benefit including around 95% of rented properties
People who pay council tax by direct debit, which is a safe, simple and quick way to pay will see the cash go directly into their bank accounts from April. Those who do not pay by direct debit will be contacted by their council and invited to make a claim.
Around 20 million households in council tax bands A to D – including 95% of rented properties – are set to benefit from the £3 billion council tax rebate, which does not have to be repaid. It is part of an extensive package of government measures to help families with rising energy costs.
An extra £144 million will also be given to councils to provide discretionary support to vulnerable households who may not qualify for the £150 council tax rebate. This includes people on low incomes in council tax bands E to H.
The council tax rebate is part of a £9.1 billon government support package, which from October, includes a further reduction of £200 on energy bills for domestic electricity customers.
The £200 energy reduction will help people manage the increase in energy bills by spreading the increased costs over a few years, so they are more manageable for households. It will be automatically recovered from people’s bills in equal £40 instalments over 5 years, beginning in 2023, when global wholesale gas prices are expected to come down.
The Warm Home Discount will also be expanded so nearly 3 million low-income households will benefit from a £150 discount.
What about HMO landlords who pay the Council Tax in their HMO properties?
We are not sure! HMO landlords pay the council tax and household bills. But one could argue that tenants pay the council tax and household bills within their rent. We will update our members with more information when we have it.