Council Taxpayers in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole have started receiving the £150 government energy bill rebate from this week.
The Government announced on 3 February that it would provide funding for authorities to give all households in England, whose primary residence is valued in council tax bands A – D, a one-off payment of £150 to assist with the rise in energy costs.
BCP Council is now issuing this rebate to all eligible residents in three phases:
- Phase 1: from 11 May Christchurch residents who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit can expect to receive the rebate.
- Phase 2: from 18 May Poole residents who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit can expect to receive the rebate.
- Phase 3: from 25 May Bournemouth residents who pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit can expect to receive the rebate.
Residents of all three towns who pay by another method - or who haven’t made a Direct Debit payment yet – will all be sent letters from BCP Council asking them to apply for the rebate and outlining exactly how they can do this.
These residents should not attempt to apply for this rebate without the letter, as it contains important information needed to initiate the process.
Councillor Drew Mellor, Leader of BCP Council said; “It was vital that people began to receive this help as soon as possible, following the rapid rise in energy prices, and I am pleased that this has begun.
“Thanks to the hard work of the Revenues & Benefits Teams team, residents will all receive the rebate well before the Government’s deadline of September. I would also urge vulnerable families and individuals to contact us if they need help with access to food and more support to pay their energy bills.”
You can find out more information on the rebate at this link: https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/Council-Tax/Energy-Bill-Rebate.aspx