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Don't pay your council tax bill by direct debit? Check now to see how and when you'll get your £150 rebate

Don't pay your council tax bill by direct debit? Check now to see how and when you'll get your £150 rebate

If you don't pay your council tax by direct debit it's highly likely you've yet to receive your free £150 energy rebate from the Government. To help you find out on when and how you're expected to get your money, we've put together this council-by-council guide.

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. But most councils have prioritised getting the money to households that pay their council tax bill by direct debit first.

Now that over 200 councils have paid direct-debit payers, many have released information on how they expect to pay those who pay their council tax bill by other means. It's likely now too late to set up a direct debit to receive the money and so you'll instead get your rebate another way.

We've looked at the websites of all 333 councils across England and Wales that are responsible for paying the rebates. Here are the different payment methods we found:

  • Fill a form online and get paid into your bank account. This is the most common payment route for people who don't pay by direct debit. The forms allow you to share your bank details with your council safely, so it can put the £150 directly into your account. Some of the forms will require you to provide a unique code, and this'll likely be contained in a letter sent by your council – so keep a look out for that. Exactly 191 councils have taken this route so far.
  • A voucher to be redeemed at the post office. So far 34 councils have said they will send you a letter in the post containing a unique barcode that you'll be able to take to any of the UK's 11,500 post office branches to receive the £150. Use the Post Office's branch finder tool to find your nearest kiosk.
  • A credit applied to your council tax account. Nine councils in England and Wales have said they will apply the £150 credit to the council tax accounts of all eligible households. If you owe your council money, this'll reduce the amount you owe. But it's still worth contacting your council to see if it will refund the £150 as cash.
  • A cheque in the post for you to cash with your bank. So far, three councils have said they are sending households a cheque worth £150 to those who don't pay by direct debit. You'll be able to cash this at your usual bank or building society, or via its smartphone app.

If you have the option of filling in an online form but don't, your council will apply the £150 rebate as a credit to your council tax account – reducing your monthly bill. Deadlines for filling in the form will differ by council. But if you want the cash, complete the form as soon as you can.

If you live in Scotland, all 32 councils with responsibility for the rebates 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.

For more information on council tax and how you might be able to change your 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.

Here's how your council will pay you the rebate

If your council needs you to fill out an online form, we've provided the links to these applications directly below.

  • Full list of the 333 councils' payment methods for those who don't pay by direct debit in England and Wales

    Adur and Worthing Borough Council Complete online form
    Allerdale Borough Council TBC
    Amber Valley Borough Council TBC
    Arun District Council Complete online form
    Ashfield District Council Complete online form
    Ashford Borough Council £150 credited to council tax account
    Babergh District Council TBC
    Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council TBC
    Basildon Borough Council Complete online form
    Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Complete online form
    Bassetlaw District Council TBC
    Bath and North East Somerset Council TBC
    Bedford Borough Council Complete online form
    Birmingham City Council Complete online form
    Blaby District Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council Complete online form
    Blackpool Borough Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Complete online form
    Bolsover District Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Borough of Broxbourne Complete online form
    Boston Borough Council TBC
    Bournemouth (BCP) Council Complete online form
    Bracknell Forest Council Complete online form
    Bradford Metropolitan District Council TBC
    Braintree District Council TBC
    Breckland District Council £150 credited to council tax account
    Brentwood Borough Council Complete online form
    Bridgend County Borough Council TBC
    Brighton and Hove City Council TBC
    Bristol City Council Complete online form
    Broadland District Council Complete online form
    Bromley London Borough Council £150 credited to council tax account
    Bromsgrove District Council Complete online form
    Broxtowe Borough Council Complete online form
    Buckinghamshire Council Complete online form
    Burnley Borough Council Complete online form
    Bury Metropolitan Borough Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Caerphilly County Borough Council Complete online form
    Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Cambridge City Council Complete online form
    Cannock Chase District Council Complete online form
    Canterbury City Council Complete online form
    Carlisle City Council Complete online form
    Carmarthenshire County Council Complete online form
    Castle Point Borough Council Complete online form
    Central Bedfordshire Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Ceredigion County Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Charnwood Borough Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Chelmsford City Council TBC
    Cheltenham Borough Council Complete online form
    Cherwell District Council Complete online form
    Cheshire East Council Complete online form
    Cheshire West and Chester Council TBC
    Chesterfield Borough Council Complete online form
    Chichester District Council Complete online form
    Chorley Council Complete online form
    Christchurch (BCP) Council Complete online form
    City and County of Swansea Council Complete online form
    City of Cardiff Council TBC
    City of Lincoln Council TBC
    City of London Council Complete online form
    City of York Council Complete online form
    Colchester Borough Council Complete online form
    Conwy County Borough Council TBC
    Copeland Borough Council TBC
    Cornwall Council Complete online form
    Cotswold District Council Complete online form
    Coventry City Council Eligible households will receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Craven District Council Complete online form
    Crawley Borough Council Complete online form
    Dacorum Council Complete online form
    Darlington Borough Council TBC
    Dartford Borough Council Complete online form
    Denbighshire County Council Complete online form
    Derby City Council Complete online form
    Derbyshire Dales District Council TBC
    Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Dorset Council Complete online form
    Dover District Council Complete online form
    Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Durham County Council TBC
    East Cambridgeshire District Council £150 credited to council tax account
    East Devon District Council Complete online form
    East Hampshire District Council Complete online form
    East Hertfordshire District Council Complete online form
    East Lindsey District Council TBC
    East Riding of Yorkshire Council TBC
    East Staffordshire Borough Council TBC
    East Suffolk Council £150 credited to council tax account
    Eastbourne Borough Council Complete online form
    Eastleigh Borough Council Eligible households will receive a cheque of £150
    Eden District Council TBC
    Elmbridge Borough Council TBC
    Epping Forest District Council TBC
    Epsom and Ewell Borough Council TBC
    Erewash Borough Council Complete online form
    Exeter City Council Complete online form
    Fareham Borough Council Complete online form
    Fenland District Council £150 credited to council tax account
    Flintshire County Council Complete online form
    Folkstone and Hythe District Council TBC
    Forest of Dean District Council Complete online form
    Fylde Borough Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Gedling Borough Council TBC
    Gloucester City Council TBC
    Gosport Borough Council TBC
    Gravesham Borough Council TBC
    Great Yarmouth Borough Council TBC
    Guildford Borough Council Complete online form
    Gwynedd County Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Halton Borough Council Complete online form
    Hambleton District Council Complete online form
    Harborough District Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Harlow Council Complete online form
    Harrogate Borough Council Complete online form
    Hart District Council Complete online form
    Hartlepool Borough Council Complete online form
    Hastings Borough Council TBC
    Havant Borough Council Complete online form
    Herefordshire Council TBC
    Hertsmere Borough Council Complete online form
    High Peak Borough Council Complete online form
    Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Horsham District Council Complete online form
    Huntingdonshire District Council TBC
    Hyndburn Borough Council TBC
    Ipswich Borough Council TBC
    Isle of Anglesey County Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Isle of Wight Council Complete online form
    Isles of Scilly Council TBC
    King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council Complete online form
    Kingston-upon-Hull City Council Complete online form
    Kirklees Council Complete online form
    Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Lancaster City Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Leeds City Council Complete online form
    Leicester City Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Lewes District Council Complete online form
    Lichfield District Council TBC
    Liverpool City Council TBC
    London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Complete online form
    London Borough of Barnet Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    London Borough of Bexley Eligible households will receive a cheque of £151
    London Borough of Brent Complete online form
    London Borough of Camden TBC
    London Borough of Croydon Complete online form
    London Borough of Ealing Complete online form
    London Borough of Enfield TBC
    London Borough of Hackney TBC
    London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Complete online form
    London Borough of Haringey Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    London Borough of Harrow TBC
    London Borough of Havering Complete online form
    London Borough of Hillingdon Complete online form
    London Borough of Hounslow Complete online form
    London Borough of Islington Complete online form
    London Borough of Lambeth TBC
    London Borough of Lewisham TBC
    London Borough of Merton Complete online form
    London Borough of Newham TBC
    London Borough of Redbridge Complete online form
    London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Complete online form
    London Borough of Southwark TBC
    London Borough of Sutton Complete online form
    London Borough of Tower Hamlets Complete online form
    London Borough of Waltham Forest Complete online form
    London Borough of Wandsworth Complete online form
    Luton Borough Council Complete online form
    Maidstone Borough Council Complete online form
    Maldon District Council Complete online form
    Malvern Hills District Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Manchester City Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Mansfield District Council Complete online form
    Medway Council Complete online form
    Melton Borough Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Mendip District Council TBC
    Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council TBC
    Mid Devon District Council Complete online form
    Mid Suffolk District Council TBC
    Mid Sussex District Council Complete online form
    Middlesbrough Borough Council TBC
    Milton Keynes Council Complete online form
    Mole Valley District Council Complete online form
    Monmouthshire County Council Complete online form
    Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council Complete online form
    New Forest District Council Complete online form
    Newark and Sherwood District Council TBC
    Newcastle-under-Lyme District Council Complete online form
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council Complete online form
    Newport City Council Complete online form
    North Devon Council TBC
    North East Derbyshire District Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    North East Lincolnshire Council Complete online form
    North Hertfordshire District Council Complete online form
    North Kesteven District Council TBC
    North Lincolnshire Council TBC
    North Norfolk District Council Complete online form
    North Northamptonshire Council TBC
    North Somerset Council TBC
    North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    North Warwickshire Borough Council Complete online form
    North West Leicestershire District Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Northumberland County Council TBC
    Norwich City Council TBC
    Nottingham City Council TBC
    Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council Complete online form
    Oadby and Wigston District Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Oxford City Council Complete online form
    Pembrokeshire County Council Complete online form
    Pendle Borough Council TBC
    Peterborough City Council TBC
    Plymouth City Council Complete online form
    Poole (BCP) Council Complete online form
    Portsmouth City Council TBC
    Powys County Council Complete online form
    Preston City Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Reading Borough Council Complete online form
    Redcar and Cleveland Council Complete online form
    Redditch Borough Council Complete online form
    Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Complete online form
    Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council Complete online form
    Ribble Valley Borough Council TBC
    Richmondshire District Council TBC
    Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Rochford District Council TBC
    Rossendale Borough Council TBC
    Rother District Council TBC
    Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Eligible households will receive a cheque of £152
    Royal Borough of Greenwich Complete online form
    Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Complete online form
    Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Complete online form
    Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Complete online form
    Rugby Borough Council Complete online form
    Runnymede Borough Council Complete online form
    Rushcliffe Borough Council Complete online form
    Rushmoor Borough Council Complete online form
    Rutland County Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Ryedale District Council Complete online form
    Salford City Council TBC
    Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Scarborough Borough Council Complete online form
    Sedgemoor District Council TBC
    Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Selby District Council Complete online form
    Sevenoaks District Council Complete online form
    Sheffield City Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Shropshire Council Complete online form
    Slough Borough Council TBC
    Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Somerset West and Taunton Council Complete online form
    South Cambridgeshire District Council Complete online form
    South Derbyshire District Council TBC
    South Gloucestershire Council Complete online form
    South Hams District Council Complete online form
    South Holland District Council TBC
    South Kesteven District Council TBC
    South Lakeland District Council TBC
    South Norfolk District Council Complete online form
    South Oxfordshire District Council Complete online form
    South Ribble Borough Council Complete online form
    South Somerset District Council TBC
    South Staffordshire Council Complete online form
    South Tyneside Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Southampton City Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Complete online form
    Spelthorne Borough Council TBC
    St Albans City and District Council Complete online form
    St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Stafford Borough Council Complete online form
    Staffordshire County Council Complete online form
    Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Complete online form
    Stevenage Borough Council Complete online form
    Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council TBC
    Stoke-on-Trent City Council Complete online form
    Stratford-on-Avon District Council Complete online form
    Stroud District Council Complete online form
    Sunderland City Council Complete online form
    Surrey Heath Borough Council Complete online form
    Swale Borough Council Complete online form
    Swindon Borough Council TBC
    Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Tamworth Borough Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Tandridge District Council TBC
    Teignbridge District Council Complete online form
    Telford & Wrekin Council Complete online form
    Tendring District Council TBC
    Test Valley Borough Council Complete online form
    Tewkesbury Borough Council TBC
    Thanet District Council Complete online form
    Three Rivers District Council Complete online form
    Thurrock Council TBC
    Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council TBC
    Torbay Council Complete online form
    Torfaen County Borough Council Complete online form
    Torridge District Council Complete online form
    Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Complete online form
    Uttlesford District Council Complete online form
    Vale of Glamorgan Council TBC
    Vale of White Horse District Council Complete online form
    Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Complete online form
    Walsall Council Complete online form
    Warrington Borough Council TBC
    Warwick District Council Complete online form
    Watford Borough Council Complete online form
    Waverley Borough Council TBC
    Wealden District Council TBC
    Welwyn Hatfield Council Complete online form
    West Berkshire Council TBC
    West Devon Borough Council Complete online form
    West Lancashire Borough Council TBC
    West Lindsey District Council TBC
    West Northamptonshire Council Complete online form
    West Oxfordshire District Council Complete online form
    West Suffolk Council £150 credited to council tax account
    Westminster City Council £150 credited to council tax account
    Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council Complete online form
    Wiltshire Council Complete online form
    Winchester City Council Complete online form
    Wirral Council Complete online form
    Woking Borough Council TBC
    Wokingham Borough Council Complete online form
    Wolverhampton City Council Complete online form
    Worcester City Council TBC
    Wrexham County Borough Council TBC
    Wychavon District Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch
    Wyre Council £150 credited to council tax account
    Wyre Forest District Council Eligible households wil receive a Post Office voucher to redeem in branch

If you have accessibility issues or struggle to access the internet, call your council

If you have problems filling out the online forms or redeeming a voucher/cheque at a post office or bank branch due to accessibility issues, contact your council. Each council has alternative ways to help those who may not be able to retrieve the £150 in the conventional way.

You can avoid the rebate paying off any overdraft you may have

Anyone sitting in their overdraft could miss the rebate as it could end up paying off the debt in their accounts – preventing households from ring-fencing the money for essential bills and utility costs.

So if you're worried this could affect you, use the 'first right of appropriation' to prevent your bank from using the £150 cash to pay off your overdraft.

This rule allows you to instruct your bank to ring-fence the cash to help pay off a specific bill or a number of different bills. To set this up you'll need to:

  • Tell your bank that a £150 payment from your council will be landing in your account on a certain date. 
  • Then request how you want the funds to be distributed, for example, to pay off one of your monthly energy bills or a mobile contract.

You can use the charity National Debtline's template letter, which can help you work out what to write to your bank or building society.

Live in bands E to H in England or Scotland (or E to I in Wales)? Discretionary funding is coming

If you don't qualify for the main £150 rebate because you don't live in a property in bands A to D, don't worry. Extra cash may be available to you and councils have until November to pay this out.

We'll be covering how the discretionary funding will be distributed at a later date, so keep checking our website.

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