More than a third of Redbridge council tax rebates still not received

More than a third of Redbridge households have not yet received their £150 council tax rebate, three months after the scheme was launched.

The ‘council tax rebate’ is a government scheme offering one-off payments to help households in council tax bands A-D with rising energy costs.

Many of the 47,077 Redbridge households that have received the rebate did so automatically because they pay council tax through direct debit.

However, the 25,705 households that have not yet received the rebate may need to claim it from the council before they will receive the £150.

A council spokesperson said the fastest way to claim is online, by visiting Redbridge Council’s website

If the council taxpayer is not able to use the internet, they can telephone 020 8708 5670 for extra support.

The spokesperson added: “Residents can also ask a trusted relative or friend to make the application on their behalf.

“We’re in the process of writing to all residents via text message, email or letter inviting an application via our portal.”

The energy price cap, which limits how much gas and electricity suppliers can charge, rose by 54 per cent in April, to £1,971. It is expected to rise again in October 2022.

The government has also launched the ‘Energy Bills Support Scheme’ which will see a one-off £400 dedication from electricity bills in October.

Other government measures include a £650 cost-of-living payment for those on means-tested benefits, a £300 pensioner cost-of-living payment, £150 disability cost-of-living payment and a council-distributed household support fund.

To claim the energy bill rebate, visit: www.redbridge.gov.uk/council-tax/energy-bill-rebate

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Josh Mellor

Local Democracy Reporter