Councils urge residents to claim hassle-free £150 rebate

Residents in Adur and Worthing are being urged to set up direct debits so they can easily receive a £150 rebate on their council tax bills.

Direct debits are incredibly simple to set up, saving time and effort in the long-run, as well as also ensuring customers do not have to worry about forgetting future bills each month.

Around 70% of residents who already pay their Adur & Worthing Councils tax bill via direct debit will automatically see the cash go directly into their bank accounts from April, while those who do not will be contacted and invited to make a claim. All payments are expected to be made by September 2022.

Anyone living in households in Bands A to D is eligible for the rebate as the government is trying to help people living in both low and middle incomes in the wake of a rise in living costs. There will also be some further funding available to help households who do not qualify under the main scheme although full details have yet to be published.

Cllr Carson Albury, Adur’s Executive Member for Customer Services, said:

“We strongly urge anyone who has not already set up a direct debit to pay their council tax to do so, which means they can get their rebate as quickly as possible.

“We know the cost of living has risen sharply, so the fact that households can get some much-needed financial relief quickly and easily is so important.”

Cllr Heather Mercer, Worthing’s Executive Member for Customer Services, added:

“Most eligible households will automatically receive the £150 council tax rebate from April.

“But there is still time to set up a direct debit for households to pay their council tax bill, which is the fastest and most efficient way to receive the rebate.

“We will provide further information in due course for households that do not pay by direct debit about how to claim the rebate.”

Last week, councillors agreed to set Worthing’s share of council tax at £252.36 for 2022/23 - a 2% rise on last year which equates to an extra 9p a week for a Band D household, while Adur's share of council tax at £317.61 for an average Band D household for 2022/23 rose 1.99% on last year, which equates to an extra 12p a week.

More information about the £150 council tax rebate is available on the GOV.UK website.

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