Households in Council Tax band A-D are expecting a £150 Council Tax rebate from the Government, as the cost-of-living crisis deepens.

But the actual deployment of the rebate is done on a council-by-council basis – leaving some households in the lurch waiting for the extra cash.

The cash is being given out in the main due to soaring energy prices, which have reached astronomic levels thanks to a mixture of increasing demand and reduced supplies.

The war between Ukraine and Russia has made the situation much worse, but is not in fact the only reason why gas prices are so high.

The energy price cap was hiked sharply at the beginning of April – an increase of £694 from £1,277 to £1,971.

However, this does not mean your bills will be exactly £1,971 for the year – the price cap is worked out per unit of energy used, which means you could still pay more – or less – depending on your household usage.

 Why a £150 Council Tax rebate?

The Government has not been hugely forthcoming with help for households despite the severity of the cost-of-living crisis, with particular pressure on energy prices for families.

This is because it is concerned if it helps too much, this will undo the work of the Bank of England which is raising interest rates to dampen consumer demand and bring inflation back down.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the rebate ahead of the Spring Statement. Paying it via the council tax system is seen as the easiest way to distribute cash to households. In practice this hasn’t been quite as simple – but there really is no specifically designed mechanism to give households money.

The money is not a loan, nor does it have to be repaid at any time.

How to get the £150

The cash is set to be paid to anyone living in a band A-D property. If you are unsure what band your home is in, the first thing to do is check your most recent Council Tax statement or annual statement. Alternatively, you can look up your band on the Government website.

If you have yet to receive the money but are eligible, do you pay by direct debit? The Government says deployment of the rebate will be fastest via direct debit, as this is the easiest way for it to send the cash out.

If you do pay by direct debit, but haven’t received the rebate yet, then the first place to look is your local council’s website. By now it should have clear information on there over when that money is due to be paid and how.

Anecdotally, many councils seem to be lining up payments for mid-May, so it might be a case of just waiting for now. If you do pay by direct debit but receive nothing by June, it would be wise to investigate if there is a reason why.

If you don’t pay by direct debit, then the process of getting the rebate is more complicated. Again, check the local council’s website where it should provide instructions on how to apply or register for the cash. However, not all councils are so organised, so a phone call could be necessary.

However, many councils are saying they are overwhelmed by phone calls about the rebate at the moment, so you may have to be patient for now.

Be wary of anyone who calls you out of the blue about the rebate as your council won’t try and contact you proactively. It is most likely that any sort of unsolicited contact about it will be scammers attempting to grift your financial details.

However, some councils are writing to households that don’t pay by direct debit, so you might get a letter in the post about how to receive your rebate.