Hundreds of thousands are yet to claim a £150 tax refund

Residents in some areas have reported delays in receiving the money, prompting the government to write to councils warning them that it is “supervising” the delivery of the funds.

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Hundreds of thousands of people have yet to receive council tax refunds aimed at alleviating the cost-of-living crisis.

Local authorities have been mandated by ministers to make the one-off payment of £150 and have had to wire the funds to households in England living in the AD council tax bands since April.

Although local authorities are not officially due to make the payments until September, residents in some areas have reported delays in receiving the money, prompting the government to write to councils warning them that it is “supervising” the delivery of the funds .

MPs have argued that many cash-strapped households have been budgeting for Treasury-funded money over the past month as they were hit by soaring energy bills that hit the country on April 1.







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Councils have been ordered to pay the money “as soon as possible” after receiving more than £28million from the Government to help manage the payments.

Swale Borough Council in Kent accidentally charged households £150 instead of paying them the money. The local authority issued a “heartfelt apology” to residents as officials had to manually manage more than 33,000 payments in batches of 200 to fix the error.

South Derbyshire County Council said it would make the payments in June as it waits for a “software update”.

Chelmsford City Council, which has faced a similar problem, has told residents it has received the “additional software” required but is testing it before spending the funds.

Tory MP Sara Britcliffe called the delays “unacceptable” and said she had written to Lancashire’s Hyndburn Borough Council to speed up the process.

Individuals who pay their council tax by direct debit will receive the payment directly into their bank account. Eligible households not paying by direct debit will be asked to provide a payment method.

The Department for Leveling, Housing and Communities said local authorities would be fully reimbursed
any discretionary costs.

A spokesman said: “Many have already started paying the rebate and we expect the rest will do so without further delay.”

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