When and how each Lancashire council will pay residents the £150 council tax refund

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Lancashire councils have published details of when and how residents will receive a £150 payment to help with rising energy costs.

In February, the government announced a one-off payment of £150 for certain households to help with rising energy bills, known as the council tax rebate, as well as a £200 discount on their energy bill this fall for domestic electricity customers who must pay. automatically for the next five years.

The government will pay the funding to councils in March and will also provide £144m for councils to provide a discretionary payment to those in the EH band or those not paying council tax.

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Those who live in properties that meet all of the following criteria on April 1 will be eligible:

  • It is valued in council tax bands A – D. This includes property that is valued in band E but has an alternative valuation band of band D, as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme;
  • It is someone’s sole or principal residence;
  • Is a taxable home, or in exemption classes N, S, U, or W; and
  • The person who is subject to paying the council tax (or would be if the property were not exempt) is not a local authority, corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or a governmental body.

Residents who pay by direct debit will receive the refund directly into their bank account. Vacant properties and those in the EH bands are not eligible for payment. You can check which band your property is in on the GOV.UK website.

The councils will also operate a discretionary scheme to support those living in the EH gangs or those with low incomes and those who do not pay council tax due to the benefit of council tax.

The following information has been posted, prior to March 21, by each council (in alphabetical order) regarding when the rebate will be paid and how many homes are eligible for the rebate in each county

Blackburn with Darwen City Council: Refund will be paid at the end of April. This will be paid directly into the bank account associated with the municipal tax accounts. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the payment. There are a total of 57,970 households in the AD band in Blackburn and Darwen.

Blackpool Council: Residents will need to sign up for direct debit until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25 for the refund to be paid directly to your bank, the council is currently working on a system for those who don’t pay by direct debit, but warns this ‘may take longer’. There are 69,150 houses in the AD band in Blackpool.

Burnley City Council: Refund will be paid in April directly into the bank account associated with the municipal tax accounts. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the payment. There are 40,100 households in the AD band in Burnley.

Chorley Tip: Refund Will Be Paid in April directly into the bank account associated with the municipal tax accounts. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the payment. There are 43,240 households in the AD band in Chorley.

Fylde Council: Residents will need to sign up for direct debit for Friday March 25 for the refund to be paid directly to your bank. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the payment. There are 30,150 households in the AD band on the Fylde.

Hyndburn City Council: Refund will be paid by April 30th directly into the bank account associated with the municipal tax accounts. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the payment. There are 35,760 houses in the AD band in Hyndburn.

Lancaster City Council: Has not confirmed when it will pay the council tax refund, but is ‘working on’ the process for the refund. There are 58,400 households in the AD band in Lancaster.

Pendle City Council: Rebate will be paid in April directly into the bank account associated with the municipal tax accounts. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the payment. There are 37,250 households in the AD band in Pendle.

Preston City Council – Has not confirmed when it will pay the council tax refund, but has said it will be directly into the bank account associated with the council tax accounts. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the payment. There are 58,940 households in the AD band in Preston.

Ribble Valley City Council: Rebate will be paid at the end of April. This will be paid directly into the bank account associated with the municipal tax accounts. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the payment. There are 19,080 households in the AD band in the Ribble Valley.

Rossendale City Council: Rebate will be paid in April directly into the bank account associated with the municipal tax accounts after your first monthly installment has been settled. Residents will need to have set up a direct debit by March 17 to receive a bank transfer refund. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the payment. There are 29,000 households in the AD band in Rossendale.

South Ribble City Council: Rebate will be paid in April directly into the bank account associated with the municipal tax accounts. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to coordinate the payment. There are 43,720 houses in the AD band in the South Ribble.

West Lancashire Council – Has not confirmed when it will pay the council tax refund, but has said it will be directly into the bank account associated with the council tax accounts. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment, but this will ‘take more time’. There are 41,040 houses in the AD band in West Lancashire.

Wyre Tip: He hasn’t confirmed when he will pay the council tax refund, but has said it will be directly into the bank account associated with the council tax accounts. If you do not pay by direct debit, you will be contacted directly to arrange payment, but this will ‘take more time’. There are 44,090 households in the AD band on the Wyre.

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