Nearly every Sefton property in Council Tax bands A to D, is entitled to the payment, which was announced by the Government in February.
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Services said today: “We want everyone who is eligible, and that’s almost everyone whose Council Tax band is in A to D, to get this Council Tax Energy Rebate.
“If you get a letter from Sefton Council asking you to register your bank details, it’s because you are due that £150, so please follow the guidance on the letter and register today.”
By the end of last week, around 15,600 households in Sefton had registered after receiving a Council letter.
Sefton Council has now paid out almost £10 million of the one-off, £150 Council Tax Energy Rebate payments to around 65,800 of the Borough’s households. The Authority is now working hard to ensure the remaining eligible addresses receive theirs as soon as possible.
Payments so far have been to those households that pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit. Approaching 40,000 letters have also been sent to households that don’t pay by Direct Debit or where Council Tax and bank account details aren’t an exact match.
Cllr Lappin added: “The letters, on Sefton Council Headed Paper each contains a unique, 14-character key code made up of a mixture of numbers, upper-case and lower-case letters, along with details of where to register.
“If anyone is in doubt, I urge them to visit www.sefton.gov.uk/energyrebate where there’s lots of information about the scheme, who’s eligible and how to register if you receive a letter.
“We’ve even got a video there to help people make sure the letters are genuine.”
The few exceptions that are not eligible under the national scheme are:
- those who did not live in Sefton on 1st April;
- second home-owners;
- houses in multiple occupation where the Council Tax bill is in landlord’s name.
Last week Cllr Lappin explained that since the the Government announced the one-off £150 payment to help people facing soaring household fuel bills alongside rising prices, increases at the petrol pumps and additional National Insurance payments the Council been devising the mechanism for making the payments.
She said: “We have needed to come up with a system that sees the £17,000,000-plus payments reach the people who need it and ensures we don’t see large amounts of public money falling into the wrong hands.”
Find out how you can get the Council Tax Energy Rebate.