'We got a £7,500 council tax refund as carers thanks to MSE's tips' – here's how to check if you qualify for money off your bill
A dad is encouraging others to check if they qualify for the 'live-in carer' and/ or 'severe mental impairment' council tax discounts after he and his wife were granted a £7,500 refund and will also save £1,000s off their bill going forward.
6 June 2023
'My daughter got a £10,000 council tax refund after living with multiple sclerosis for years' – here's how to check if you can do the same
The parents of a multiple sclerosis sufferer have claimed a £10,000 council tax refund on their daughter's behalf after watching MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis talking about the little known discount on TV.
25 April 2023
Council tax to rise for millions from 1 April with most facing 5% hikes – here's what's happening
Council tax bills will increase for millions of people in England from 1 April, with the majority of local authorities set to hike rates by 5% – though in some cases bills will rise by up to 15%.
14 February 2023
Council tax rebate claims deadline extended as over 300,000 households yet to get their £150 - here's what you need to know
You've now got until 30 November to claim the payment from your local council, so make sure you don't miss out.
2 November 2022
Struggling with energy bills but don't get the £150 council tax help? Check our council-by-council list to see if you're due further support
If you weren't eligible for the £150 council tax rebate to help with the cost of living but are struggling to pay your energy bills, you may be entitled to a one-off cash payment. We've trawled the websites of every UK council to see which ones have released their eligibility criteria for the money, and so check below.
12 July 2022
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 likely you've yet to receive your free £150 energy rebate from the Government.
12 July 2022
MSE Exclusive: Households in Great Britain due £150 million in council tax refunds – check NOW to see if you're one of the 862,000 due a payout
Households are being urged to check NOW if they are one of the 862,000 due a refund of overpaid council tax, with an investigation by MoneySavingExpert.com showing residents in England, Scotland and Wales could claim back a total of just over £150 million.
3 July 2022
In council tax bands A-D and pay by direct debit? Check when your £150 energy rebate is coming
Most English and Welsh households eligible for the Government's £150 council tax rebate should receive the payment by the end of May – so long as they pay their council tax by direct debit.
30 May 2022
Warning: Beware scam calls about the Government's £150 council tax rebate
Households should beware cold callers asking for their bank account details in order to seemingly pay them the Government’s £150 council tax rebate as it’s likely to be a scam. MoneySavingExpert.com has seen a number of reports from councils urging residents to beware fraudsters, while officials have also cautioned households to watch out.
16 April 2022
Growing numbers told they won't get £150 council tax rebate this month with further delays expected - but set up your direct debit now
People should brace for the prospect that the £150 council tax rebate might not come in April, with reports of local councils informing residents that a software issue has caused delays. Make sure you’ve set up a direct debit now to help prevent further delays.
6 April 2022
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