Last month, the Government announced a £150 grant with a view to helping households to cope with rising energy costs. Since then, the Council has been working to obtain more detail about how the scheme will work and importantly how residents are able to receive their payments.
The Government’s scheme applies to those households in Council Tax property bands A to D and payments will start to be made from May 2022 onwards. In Knowsley, 97% of households are in bands A to D and the majority are likely to benefit from the grant, which is a one-off payment and won’t need to be repaid.
For those households that currently pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit, it is likely that the grant will be transferred directly into their bank accounts.
Although the scheme was initially announced by the Government in February we are still awaiting confirmation from the Government and software providers as to how they plan for us to support those householders who have not currently provided their local authorities with confirmed bank account details. We will confirm this as soon as the information is made available.
. If you don’t currently pay for your Council Tax via direct debit, you can set one up through the Council’s online services or call the team on 0151 443 4476.
The Government also announced support to help with rising energy costs. The Energy Bills Rebate will provide around 28 million households with an upfront discount on their bills worth £200. Energy suppliers will apply the discount to domestic electricity customers from October, with the Government meeting the costs. The discount will then be automatically recovered from people’s bills in equal £40 instalments over the next five years. This will begin from 2023, when global wholesale gas prices are expected to come down.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “We are doing all that we can to ensure that those residents who are eligible for the £150 Council Tax rebate can get it as quickly as is possible.
“Where we have resident’s bank details, the one-off payment is likely to go directly into their bank account from early May.
“If we don’t have their bank details, we will provide further information regarding the application process on our website as soon as details are available.
“Residents are also reminded of the range of support we have put in place to support our most vulnerable residents. This includes our Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund which has seen the Council invest £3m into ensure residents have access to essentials such as food and heat.
“You can find more details on the Council’s website.”