Some local authorities see council tax refund scheme as ‘significant challenge’
Only a fraction of local authorities have made the payment to struggling households, but some have indicated payments would be delayed until September, reports The Telegraph.
The news comes as millions of people across the UK feel the pressure of the deepening cost of living crisis.
Why are there delays in payment?
Some of the delays are reportedly due to software system issues with the technology needed to pay the cash to households in one go.
Meanwhile, some municipalities are trying to set up schemes for households that don’t pay council tax by direct debit because they can’t receive the payment automatically.
Households can also experience delays when paying their council tax bill manually.
If you’ve set up a direct debit, the council will have your details and can process the £150 payment automatically, but those who don’t pay direct debit and instead make a payment manually every month may need to apply for the cash, which may take longer .
Many municipalities make the payment only after the first payment of April’s municipal tax bill is made. If your billing date is later in the month, you may have to wait for it to expire.
Which municipalities are delaying the discount?
Councils that could delay payments until September include North Tyneside Council, Hastings Council and Colchester Council, with North Tyneside Council describing the rebate scheme as a “significant challenge”.
However, households in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London and the West Midlands are already seeing the money in their accounts.
Local residents in Hull also saw the cash end up in their bank accounts earlier this week.
How to check when your payment is made
You should check who your local council is by using that gov.uk Council finder tool online.
More information about the rebate and when it is paid should be listed on your agency’s website. If you can’t find any information, it’s worth calling the municipality and asking for more details.
Not all local authorities have confirmed how the rebate will be paid out, so you may have to wait for this to be announced. Some municipalities still allow you to sign up for direct debit payment to receive the grant sooner.
If you’re not paying by direct debit, your municipality should list more information on what to do to receive the cash.