Have you had your council tax rebate yet?
Many people living in the Bishopston area will have received the £150 council tax rebate by now as part of the government’s initiative to help households with rising energy costs.
The scheme, announced by the Chancellor earlier this year, provides a one-off payment of £150 to most households living in homes in council tax bands A to D.
Residents have also been warned about not falling foul to tax rebate telephone scams seen in other parts of the country. The council has confirmed it will not be telephoning people to ask for their bank details in relation to the rebate.
Most residents who pay their council tax by direct debit were due to receive the money directly into their bank account by Monday 16 May and to receive a letter confirming details of this payment.
What if you don’t pay your council tax by Direct Debit?
An online form is available on the Bristol City Council website for non-direct debit payers to submit their bank details. There will be an option on the form for households to choose to have the £150 credited to their council tax account if they prefer. A service will also be made available to help those who are not able to access the online form.
If anyone who pays by direct debit did not receive their payment by 16 May, they should also complete this online form.
Bank details submitted on the form will only be used for the rebate and not future payments of council tax, unless the household requests this.
Bristol has also been allocated a discretionary fund as part of the scheme to help residents considered to be most in need of support. This will support households living in Bristol in bands E to H who are in need or as well as those in bands A to D who are not eligible for the council tax rebate. Only one application can be made per household.
Residents will need to apply using an online application form and will be asked to provide evidence, including council tax account number, photo ID and proof of address, to support the information provided in the application. Eligibility criteria will include that the person must be living within the Bristol City Council area as their main residence from Friday 1 April 2022 and they pay their energy costs directly to the energy supplier by bill or pre-payment meter, not as part of their rent.
The process for the discretionary fund is being finalised and further information, including the full eligibility criteria and exclusions, will be provided on the Bristol City Council website.
The council says it is conscious that some households may not feel they need the council tax rebate and will be offering a scheme that enables people to donate all or part of it to help support those who are most in need in the city.
Some residents have already shown an interest. To find out more, email email@example.com.It will not affect the provision of the rebate but will enable them to make a direct donation to local crisis funding.