As the cost-of-living crisis deepens, households are looking for ways to cushion the blow of skyrocketing bills and expenses – but a scheme called Energy Bills Rebate offers a community tax refund in the near future that could help
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The cost of living crisis has plunged needy families across the UK into a crisis where it’s not uncommon for people to choose between heating and eating out.
Every penny counts these days as steep rates of inflation skyrocket the prices of everyday necessities.
Consumer price index data released by the Office for National Statistics on March 23 revealed the extent of the crisis, with inflation for goods rising 6.2% – the highest level in three decades.
With wage increases struggling to keep up with soaring rates, families try to get money back in any way they can.
While Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spring statement didn’t offer enough help to those affected, there is at least some relief for households looking to reclaim a few pounds: the energy bill refund.
What is the energy reimbursement?
The Energy Bills Rebate is a support package designed to help families deal with their rising energy bills – including a mandatory £200 loan for every household to be repaid over the next five years.
The package is worth a total of £91m in 2022 and 2023 – but it has been criticized for not going far enough, with Labor pointing out the rebate will be nullified by a real-world pension cut.
A key part of the Energy Bill Rebate is a council tax rebate that is due to be paid to households very soon.
What is the municipal tax refund and how much is it?
The Council Tax Rebate is a one-off payment of £150 to be made to eligible households to help them deal with the cost of living crisis.
It aims to help lower-income households, who are likely to be disproportionately hit by rising living costs and may have to spend a larger chunk of their income on utility bills.
Payments are made to taxable municipal taxpayers.
Who is entitled to the municipal tax credit?
Individuals eligible for council tax refunds must occupy a property that meets all of the following criteria:
- It is assessed in municipal tax bands A to D. This includes properties that are rated in Band E but have an alternate rating band of Band D due to the disability band reduction scheme
- It is one’s only or primary residence
- It is a metered dwelling or in the N, S, U or W exempt class
The government said: “The Department of Defense will liaise with Class O exempt occupants of military housing on appropriate living allowances.”
When is the municipal tax refund due?
Council tax refund is due April 1st.
For full details and conditions regarding eligibility for the council tax rebate, follow this link to the government website.
The link provides examples of different scenarios that could affect an applicant’s eligibility for the program.
Do you have to apply for the municipal tax rebate?
If you are eligible for the discount, you do not need to apply.
Anyone who pays their municipal tax by direct debit should automatically get the money back in April, says the Office for Equality, Housing and Municipalities.
However, people are being urged to set up a direct debit in advance to ensure payments can be made as soon as possible, as refunds will likely take longer for those who don’t already have one.
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