Thousands of taxpayers will soon receive £150 to help with rising energy bills.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils has said that although most households in council tax bands A-D will be eligible for the rebate, the council tax ‘rebate’ will not be taken off people’s council tax bill when they are issued.

If a household pays council tax by direct debit the council should be able to make the payments directly into their bank account by the end of April.

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However, if a household does not pay tax via direct debit the council has explained that these payments may take longer, and the councils will need to write to them to confirm their bank details.

Councillor Andy Crawford, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Assets at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “With annual council tax bills going to all households this month we know people will be keen to know what’s happening with the ‘rebate’.  There’s a lot of work involved, but I can assure everyone that we are working hard to ensure this payment can be made as quickly as possible.”

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Limited funding will also be made available for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible for this energy rebate. This will be a local discretionary scheme and details will be made available on the council’s website in due course.

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