Milverton, Somerset

Set up Council Tax direct debit for energy refund

Somerset West and Taunton Council is urging bill-payers to set up a direct debit to pay their council tax, to ensure they get their £150 energy rebate payment as quickly as possible.

The energy rebate scheme was recently announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help people with rising energy bills. This includes those who already receive assistance in paying some or all of their council bill through local council tax support.

All eligible households in England in council tax bands A to D, should get the £150 payment from their District Council from April this year.

Around 78 per cent of households in Somerset West and Taunton pay their council tax by direct debit and will receive the payment into their bank account without needing to take any action.

However, that leaves around 20,000 households who do not currently pay their council tax through this arrangement and getting the rebate money to them will take longer as they will need to go through a claims process.