Tamworth Borough Council is “waiting for software updates from suppliers to be tested” before paying the energy rebate. The £150 Council Tax rebate for homes in bands A to D to help with the increased cost of energy bills will be sent directly to your bank account if you pay by direct debit.
Those not signed up for direct debit payments should do so as soon as possible so the rebate can be processed as quickly as possible.
If you can’t sign up to direct debit, don’t worry the council will be working to contact all eligible households to issue their rebate however this may take a little longer.
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A statement reads: “We are waiting for the software updates from our suppliers to be tested before we can pay the energy rebate.
“It is then anticipated that we will be able to pay the rebate during May if you have a valid direct debit.
“Non-direct debit customers will receive a letter detailing how to claim a rebate from the post office. These letters should be received by the end of May.
“Further updates and details can be found on the council website here.”
Meanwhile a spokesperson for North Warwickshire Borough Council told us: “Currently we’ve issued over 11,000 payments (which is nearly 50 per cent).” The move was announced by the Government in February.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “Right now, I know the number one issue on people’s minds is the rising cost of living.
“That’s why the Government is stepping in with direct support that will help around 28 million households with their rising energy costs over the next year.
“We stood behind British people and businesses throughout the pandemic and it’s right we continue to do that as our economy recovers in the months ahead.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson added: “During the pandemic this Government has acted decisively to protect jobs and livelihoods, particularly for those on the lowest incomes.
“But we recognise the real and growing concerns people have about the cost of living – and once again we are taking action.
“We are delivering a new package of targeted support to help with the financial pressures felt by families right across the country, with additional help for those most in need.
“This builds on the changes we’ve made to Universal Credit to put £1,000 more per year into the pockets of hardworking people and the increase to the National Living Wage to advance our vision for a high-wage and financially secure Britain.”
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