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£150 Council Tax refund has started to be paid

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council has started to process the £150 Council Tax refund to residents who pay their Council Tax via direct debit. The £150 payment is intended to help households to cover rising energy bills.

The Government’s scheme applies to those households in Council Tax property bands A to D. In Knowsley, 97% of households are in bands A to D and the majority are likely to benefit from the grant, which won’t need to be repaid.

In most cases where a direct debit arrangement is in place, the £150 payment will be automatically paid into the Council Tax account holder’s bank account. The reference for the payment on bank accounts and statements is “Energy Bill Rebate”.

There are over 38,000 direct debit payers in Knowsley and it is anticipated that payments will reach the majority of bank accounts by the end of May 2022.

For other residents, mainly those who don’t have a direct debit in place, they will be contacted directly by the Post Office inviting them to attend to receive their payment. Residents will need to attend their local Post Office with their letter and identification, including their passport, driving licence or a utility bill such as their Council Tax bill.

Letters explaining the position will be issued by the Post Office from the middle of May onwards to invite those residents to collect their £150 payment through the Post Office.

Residents are also being reminded not to share their bank details over the phone. Unfortunately, fraudsters are claiming to represent the Council and asking residents to share their bank details in order to process the £150 payment.

Knowsley Council will not be contacting residents to obtain bank details. In those cases where the £150 cannot be automatically paid into bank accounts, residents will be contacted by letter from the Post Office.