THE MAJORITY of Coventry households are set to start receiving their £150 Government energy rebate payments from this week to help with rising electricity and gas bills.
Coventry City Council is responsible for administering the local payments to households living in properties in council tax bands A to D who are entitled to the payment. The one-off payment does not have to be repaid.
Homes in the city will receive £150 made to the person who is liable for Council Tax. To begin with the new government energy rebate payment will be made to Coventry households who currently pay their Council Tax by direct debit.
This means a payment will be made direct to their bank account – provided it matches to the liable party for council tax bill payments.
Barrie Strain, the council’s head of revenues and benefits said customers who did not pay via direct debit would be written to with a link to an online form to enable people to confirm their bank details so the payment could be made.
“The application process will be open for a number of weeks and only those who receive letters will need to complete the form.”
Anyone entitled to the payment who had not yet received it or made an application at the end of the window (April and May) will automatically have the payment made to their council tax account so no one will miss out on the cash.
The Government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) announced the ‘Council Tax Energy Rebate’ scheme in February which all councils are required to administer. This affects 140,000 properties in Coventry making up 94 per cent of the city’s domestic properties.
Although the payment is made to the person holding the council tax accounts, residents should still continue to make council tax payments as normal.
The rebate is to support households with the rising cost of energy, and everyone entitled to the payment will receive it.
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