As well as making it easier to pay their bills, the team thinks it will mean people will receive the Government’s £150 energy rebate payment sooner and directly to their bank accounts.
Earlier this month, the Government announced support to help households with rising energy bills including a one-off £150 energy rebate payment to Council Tax-payers in bands A-D.
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Services said: “Although the Government has not yet provided us with detailed guidance for the scheme, we understand that eligible households in bands A to D that pay their council tax by Direct Debit may receive their payments first, directly into their bank accounts.
“To sign up for Direct Debit payments, all people need to do is visit https://forms.sefton.gov.uk/ddcounciltax and fill in the form. They just need their Council Tax account reference to hand.”
Council Tax-payers in Sefton can also opt to receive their bill electronically, which is easier, and it saves paper, which is in line with Council’s commitment to protecting the environment and combating climate change.
Cllr Lappin added: “People can sign up for paperless e-billing at https://forms.sefton.gov.uk/ebill. Once again, they will need their Council Tax account reference to hand.”
When the Government’s full guidance for the Council tax energy rebate scheme is released, the Council will be providing an update on its website at www.sefton.gov.uk/council-tax .