In council tax bands A-D and pay by direct debit? Check when your £150 energy rebate is coming
The vast majority of councils say that they've paid the £150 council tax rebate, a scheme launched in April to help tackle rising energy prices, to households that pay their bills by direct debit. If you haven't had yours yet, don't panic. Here's what you need to know.
Under the rebate scheme, councils are making a £150 non-repayable payment to households in council tax bands A to D in England, Scotland and Wales. This payment was expected to hit people's banks from April.
However, MoneySavingExpert.com (MSE) research of 333 councils across England and Wales has found:
- There are 213 councils that said they'd pay direct debit users the rebate by the end of May. We've listed these councils below – and if yours is there but you haven't had your payment yet, get in touch with your local authority, as it's likely to have been an admin error.
- There are 22 councils that will pay direct debit users from June. So sit tight, it should be coming shortly. If you don't get it by the end of the month, contact your council.
- There are 98 councils that haven't given a cut-off date for when you'll receive your payment – though they have until 30 September 2022. If you've not heard anything, check to see if you can set up a direct debit to get a payment sooner rather than later. If it's too late for a direct debit, ask how you'll get your money instead.
Check our lists below to find out when your council expects to pay the rebate.
In Scotland meanwhile, all 32 councils have already made a full or partial payment. Here, all councils will offer the full £150 discount off one monthly council tax bill, or they'll debit it across the year's bills (which are typically broken down into 10 months). However, Aberdeenshire Council allows households to exchange their council tax discount for a cash refund if they wish to do so.
For more information on council tax and how some can lower their council tax band and save £1,000s, see our Council tax bands guide, which also includes details of council tax discounts you may not be claiming. You should also check if you've overpaid council tax as you may be due a refund.
Check the list below, and if you haven't got your payment it's likely due to an administrative error. This will usually be down to:
- Your council not being able to verify your bank account details.
- The names not matching on your council tax account and your bank account.
If you're concerned you've not received your money and haven't heard from your council to highlight any problems, it's best to contact your local authority to find out how you'll get your money.
For example, Leicester City Council's website states: "If the bank accounts are in different names to the council tax account, we will look to issue a Post Office voucher to you in an effort to get the payment to you as soon as we can."
Meanwhile, households that fall under Luton Borough Council will be "invited to complete a short online form" in this instance, and residents in the London borough of Lewisham should have been written to by the end of May.
Adur and Worthing Borough Council Amber Valley Borough Council Arun District Council Ashfield District Council Ashford Borough Council Babergh District Council Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Basildon Borough Council Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Bedford Borough Council Blaby District Council Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council Borough of Broxbourne Boston Borough Council Bournemouth (BCP) Council Bracknell Forest Council Bradford Metropolitan District Council Braintree District Council Brentwood Borough Council Brighton and Hove City Council Bristol City Council Broadland District Council Bromsgrove District Council Broxtowe Borough Council Burnley Borough Council Bury Metropolitan Borough Council Caerphilly County Borough Council Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council Cambridge City Council Cannock Chase District Council Canterbury City Council Carlisle City Council Castle Point Borough Council Central Bedfordshire Council Ceredigion County Council Charnwood Borough Council Cheltenham Borough Council Cheshire East Council Cheshire West and Chester Council Chesterfield Borough Council Chichester District Council Christchurch (BCP) Council City and County of Swansea Council City of Cardiff Council City of Lincoln Council City of York Council Colchester Borough Council Conwy County Borough Council Cotswold District Council Coventry City Council Crawley Borough Council Dacorum Council Darlington Borough Council Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council Dover District Council Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Durham County Council East Devon District Council East Hampshire District Council East Hertfordshire District Council East Lindsey District Council East Staffordshire Borough Council Elmbridge Borough Council Epping Forest District Council Exeter City Council Flintshire County Council Folkestone and Hythe District Council Forest of Dean District Council Fylde Borough Council Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council Gedling Borough Council Gloucester City Council Gosport Borough Council Gravesham Borough Council Great Yarmouth Borough Council Guildford Borough Council Harlow Council Harrogate Borough Council Hart District Council Hartlepool Borough Council Hastings Borough Council Havant Borough Council Hertsmere Borough Council High Peak Borough Council Horsham District Council Huntingdonshire District Council Hyndburn Borough Council Ipswich Borough Council Kingston-upon-Hull City Council Kirklees Council Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council Lancaster City Council Leicester City Council Lichfield District Council London Borough of Barnet London Borough of Bexley London Borough of Brent London Borough of Ealing London Borough of Enfield London Borough of Hackney London Borough of Haringey London Borough of Hillingdon London Borough of Hounslow London Borough of Islington London Borough of Lambeth London Borough of Redbridge London Borough of Richmond upon Thames London Borough of Southwark London Borough of Sutton London Borough of Waltham Forest London Borough of Wandsworth Maidstone Borough Council Manchester City Council Mansfield District Council Medway Council Melton Borough Council Mendip District Council Mid Devon District Council Mid Suffolk District Council Mid Sussex District Council Middlesbrough Borough Council Milton Keynes Council Monmouthshire County Council Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council New Forest District Council Newark and Sherwood District Council Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council North East Derbyshire District Council North East Lincolnshire Council North Hertfordshire District Council North Kesteven District Council North Lincolnshire Council North Norfolk District Council North Northamptonshire Council North Somerset Council North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council North Warwickshire Borough Council Norwich City Council Nottingham City Council Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council Oadby and Wigston Borough Council Oxford City Council Pembrokeshire County Council Plymouth City Council Poole (BCP) Council Portsmouth City Council Powys County Council Reading Borough Council Redcar and Cleveland Council Redditch Borough Council Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Ribble Valley Borough Council Richmondshire District Council Rossendale Borough Council Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Royal Borough of Greenwich Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Rugby Borough Council Rushmoor Borough Council Rutland County Council Salford City Council Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council Scarborough Borough Council Sedgemoor District Council Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council Sevenoaks District Council Shropshire Council Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Somerset West and Taunton Council South Cambridgeshire District Council South Hams District Council South Holland District Council South Kesteven District Council South Norfolk District Council South Oxfordshire District Council Southampton City Council St Albans City and District Council Stafford Borough Council Stevenage Borough Council Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Stratford-on-Avon District Council Stroud District Council Sunderland City Council Surrey Heath Borough Council Swale Borough Council Swindon Borough Council Teignbridge District Council Telford & Wrekin Council Tendring District Council Thanet District Council Thurrock Council Torbay Council Torfaen County Borough Council Vale of White Horse District Council Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council Warwick District Council Welwyn Hatfield Council West Berkshire Council West Devon Borough Council West Lindsey District Council West Oxfordshire District Council Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council Winchester City Council Wokingham Borough Council Wolverhampton City Council Worcester City Council Wrexham County Borough Council Wychavon District Council Wyre Council
Breckland District Council
Carmarthenshire County Council
East Cambridgeshire District Council
East Suffolk Council
Erewash Borough Council
Fenland District Council
Leeds City Council
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council
North Devon Council
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Rushcliffe Borough Council
Slough Borough Council
South Derbyshire District Council
South Gloucestershire Council
South Somerset District Council
South Staffordshire Council
Staffordshire County Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Tewkesbury Borough Council
Wealden District Council
West Suffolk Council
The following 98 councils have given no fixed date for when payments will be made – and they technically have until 30 September 2022
MSE had urged households in February to set up a direct debit to pay their council tax bills. This meant councils had your bank account details on file to make the £150 payments quickly from April.
If you haven't done so and you haven't had your payment yet, you can triple-check with your council if you still can set up a direct debit, but it's likely to be too late now and you'll instead get your rebate another way.
Over 85 councils have so far launched online forms to allow households to pass on their bank account details, for example, while other local authorities say they will send cheques or Post Office vouchers.
The majority of councils state that they will issue the £150 rebate to those who don't pay by direct debit between June and September. And all rebate payments must be made by 30 September.
Allerdale Borough Council
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council Bassetlaw District Council Bath and North East Somerset Council Birmingham City Council Blackpool Borough Council Bolsover District Council Bridgend County Borough Council Buckinghamshire Council Chelmsford City Council Cherwell District Council Chorley Council City of London Copeland Borough Council Cornwall Council Craven District Council Dartford Borough Council Denbighshire County Council Derby City Council Derbyshire Dales District Council Dorset Council East Riding of Yorkshire Council Eastbourne Borough Council Eastleigh Borough Council Eden District Council Epsom and Ewell Borough Council Fareham Borough Council Gwynedd County Council Halton Borough Council Hambleton District Council Harborough District Council Herefordshire Council Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Isle of Anglesey County Council Isle of Wight Council Isles of Scilly Council King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council Lewes District Council Liverpool City Council London Borough of Barking and Dagenham London Borough of Bromley London Borough of Camden London Borough of Croydon London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough of Harrow London Borough of Havering London Borough of Lewisham London Borough of Merton London Borough of Newham London Borough of Tower Hamlets Luton Borough Council Maldon District Council Malvern Hills District Council Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Mole Valley District Council Newport City Council North West Leicestershire District Council Northumberland County Council Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council Pendle Borough Council Peterborough City Council Preston City Council Rochford District Council Rother District Council Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Runnymede Borough Council Ryedale District Council Selby District Council Sheffield City Council South Lakeland District Council South Ribble Borough Council South Tyneside Council Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Spelthorne Borough Council St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council Tamworth Borough Council Tandridge District Council Test Valley Borough Council Three Rivers District Council Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council Torridge District Council Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Uttlesford District Council Vale of Glamorgan Council Warrington Borough Council Watford Borough Council Waverley Borough Council West Lancashire Borough Council West Northamptonshire Council Westminster City Council Wiltshire Council Woking Borough Council Wyre Forest District Council
Beware cold callers asking for your details 'to pay you the rebate'
Households should continue to be vigilant and beware cold callers asking for their bank account details in relation to the £150 council tax rebate. Any calls about the rebate will almost certainly be a scam. See our Rebate scam MSE News story to learn what you can do to protect yourself from scammers.
The £150 is only available to those in certain council tax bands
Those living in properties banded E to H will have to wait until later in the year to see if they qualify for any cash. This is because local authorities are still clarifying eligibility for so-called "discretionary funding", which will see councils in England able to divvy up a pot worth £144 million to those deemed most vulnerable, and who may not be eligible for the main £150 rebate.
Funding has also been given to the devolved Governments in Scotland and Wales. Households don't pay council tax in Northern Ireland.
As it's up to your local authority to decide how the discretionary fund is distributed, it's best to keep checking its website so you'll be the first to know if you qualify.