A number of councils across the United Kingdom have started to pay the £150 council tax rebate into local residents bank accounts, but Your Herefordshire understands that as of yet, Herefordshire Council is yet to have started the process.

Martin Lewis from MoneySavingExpert has warned that many households may have to wait until the summer to receive their rebate, with councils having until the end of September to issue the payment.

At present, Herefordshire Council is yet to confirm when residents in Herefordshire will receive the update.

The following information is from the Herefordshire Council website.

As part of the government’s initiative to help households with rising energy costs, they have announced a one-off £150 Council Tax rebate for certain households.

Who will qualify?

  • If you are a liable Council Tax payer in band A to D occupying the property on 1 April 2022
  • If you are a liable Council Tax payer occupying the property on 1 April 2022 and are in band E but you are receiving disabled relief
  • The property is exempt but solely occupied by students or school leavers, under 18s, severely mentally impaired or is an annexe occupied with dependant relatives
  • If you receive Council Tax Reduction (even if you have no Council Tax to pay) and are in a band A to D (or E with disabled relief), you will still be entitled to the payment

Who will not qualify?

  • Second homes
  • Empty properties
  • Exempt properties not listed in the qualifying section

If you don’t know which band your property is in, you can find it on your latest Council Tax bill or use the Valuation Office website to check.

How will I receive the payment?

Residents who pay their Council Tax by direct debit, will receive their energy rebate first. Once the first Council Tax payment for 2022/23 is paid, we will use those details to process the payment straight into your bank account.

We are still awaiting the software to enable these payments to be made so we cannot confirm the date the payments will be made at present, but we do not expect that it will be before late April at the earliest. Please do not chase us for these payments – we will update this page with the information when known.

Payment will be made more quickly to those paying by direct debit.

If you already pay your Council Tax by direct debit, you do not need to do anything.

If you don’t already pay Council Tax by direct debit, you can sign up below. This means we will then have your details ready for when we start making energy rebate payments.

Set up Council Tax direct debit