Some Brits may have to wait for a £150 council tax refund due to ‘software delays’

UK households expecting a £150 tax refund this month while battling the cost-of-living crisis may have to wait longer to receive it due to a software glitch, it is reported

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £9billion package in February
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £9billion package in February

Some Britons may be forced to wait months for their £150 tax refund due to an IT glitch while they battle the cost-of-living crisis, it says.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £9billion package in February to help families cope with the rise in the cost of living.

It includes a £150 non-refundable rebate in April for English households in bands A to D.

Another help unveiled by the Chancellor was a £200 rebate to deal with the average household’s average energy bill rising by £700 a year this month.

But local taxpayers could face long delays for the money as some local authorities warn they are facing technical problems, it is reported.

A discount of £150 was offered to most households


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Portsmouth City Council’s director of finance and resources, Chris Ward, said the “software for the rebates” was not provided by the government, the reported Daily Mail.

That means they’re currently “testing” a software upgrade, and he hoped most people who have direct debits would get paid this month, but others would get a discount in May.

South Derbyshire Council has told residents they will not receive their rebate until June due to “software updates”, the Daily Mail also said.

And Bassetlaw Borough Council in Nottinghamshire was also reportedly warning of delays.

The government has come under pressure with claims that it is not doing enough to help those in need.

People are being told to expect delays in receiving their discount, it said


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Boris Johnson has also had to defend the government over claims that the new energy strategy is not helping people with rising bills.

He said the strategy – which aims to boost new nuclear power, offshore wind and hydrogen – is a long-term plan that focuses on energy supplies, “undoing the mistakes of the past and making the big decisions now.”

He said the government has “already done a lot to help people with the immediate cost of living and of course we will do more”.

The latest investment will support the research, development and deployment of “cutting-edge technologies,” the government said, adding that it is also releasing a “set of important documents and guidelines to support the development of these industries.”

A financial package announced last Friday includes £240m to fund low-carbon hydrogen production projects, £5m to accelerate CCUS (carbon capture and storage) technologies and a £2.5m competition for Bidder to develop a UK Advanced Modular Reactor (AMR).

The Mirror has reached out to Portsmouth City Council, South Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Borough Councils for comment.

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