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laney1970
laney1970 Community member Posts: 87 Connected
Hi I have just received my council tax bill and I've been awarded £150 taken off my council tax bill is this the energy rebate of £150 or Is it separate 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,195 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2022
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    If you live in Scotland then it’s either taken off your council tax bill or paid into your bank account. This will totally depend on each individual local Authority. https://www.gov.scot/publications/local-government-finance-circular-2-2022-guidance-to-local-authorities-april-2022-cost-of-living-award/
    If you live in England then it’s paid Into your bank account, if you pay your council tax by direct debit. If you don’t, they will contact you.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
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  • racyguy
    racyguy Community member Posts: 560 Pioneering
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    If you live in Scotland then it’s either taken off your council tax bill or paid into your bank account. This will totally depend on each individual local Authority. https://www.gov.scot/publications/local-government-finance-circular-2-2022-guidance-to-local-authorities-april-2022-cost-of-living-award/
    If you live in England then it’s paid Into your bank account, if you pay your council tax by direct debit. If you don’t, they will contact you.
    Ah it's a Scottish thing then - with the £150 being used to reduce the CT liability.
    This answers my question in part but in a circular I have received from the council (England) they stipulate that they too can/may/will use it to reduce CT. Seems that they decide who gets it paid into a bank account or used to reduce the CT liability.
    That's not what was originally said - all will receive it as it is there to help towards fuel costs and not the CT liability.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,195 Disability Gamechanger
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    Personally, i think it's only right that they use it to pay off any debt you may already have. As advised in your other thread, you can still apply for CTR even though you're not claiming PC.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
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  • racyguy
    racyguy Community member Posts: 560 Pioneering
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    Personally, i think it's only right that they use it to pay off any debt you may already have. As advised in your other thread, you can still apply for CTR even though you're not claiming PC.
    I could, I do have that right. But I keep on telling you that if I was physically/mentally able to make such a claim for CTR and supply all of the relevant evidence to support it I would have supplied the same information to the Pension Service/DWP and in doing so would have retained my GPC payments as well as having all of my CT discharged. Not everybody has that ability.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,195 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yes, you do keep on saying that but then you moan about being in debt and not being able to pay your council tax so the advice is given. We do seem to be going round in circles. For this reason, i'm out.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • racyguy
    racyguy Community member Posts: 560 Pioneering
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    Yes, you do keep on saying that but then you moan about being in debt and not being able to pay your council tax so the advice is given. We do seem to be going round in circles. For this reason, i'm out.
    Being advised is one thing being able to act upon it is another. As I have said elsewhere the Council used to have a 'visiting team' to help people make these claims as well as help to maintain the benefit. They no longer exist. Getting out of the house is almost impossible.
  • laney1970
    laney1970 Community member Posts: 87 Connected
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    I live in England is it 2 separate amounts or have i already been given it? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,195 Disability Gamechanger
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    laney1970 said:
    I live in England is it 2 separate amounts or have i already been given it? 

    To the best of my knowledge no one has received the £150 yet. It maybe just an extra discount that your local Authority gave.
    I live in England too and had my council tax bill a couple of weeks ago and there was an extra £50 reduction for mine because of extra funding they had.
    I would say the best thing to do is contact them and ask.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Have a look on your local council website as mine states exactly what they are doing and when regarding the £150

    I know each council will deal with it how they see best but mine is following what was originally said . Anyone who pays by direct debit will get the money in their bank between May and Sept.

    If you don't pay by direct debit they are working in setting up a secure system to get bank details and these households will get a letter 
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,125 Disability Gamechanger
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    racyguy said:
    Yes, you do keep on saying that but then you moan about being in debt and not being able to pay your council tax so the advice is given. We do seem to be going round in circles. For this reason, i'm out.
    Being advised is one thing being able to act upon it is another. As I have said elsewhere the Council used to have a 'visiting team' to help people make these claims as well as help to maintain the benefit. They no longer exist. Getting out of the house is almost impossible.
    I'm sure the reason they stopped that was due to covid, have you thought about asking age uk for help?

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  • racyguy
    racyguy Community member Posts: 560 Pioneering
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    woodbine said:



    I'm sure the reason they stopped that was due to covid, have you thought about asking age uk for help?
    That is a possibility but given that we are now back to some sort of normality I would have thought that the system could be put back into operation. I have spoken to AgeUK and the CAB, both state that they have very restricted services and appointments to see them are not available at the moment. They also stated that they no longer have an outreach programme to visit me at home.
    Surely there must be a system somewhere where an outreach system is still working? Or am I the only person in the UK that needs this level of help? 
  • racyguy
    racyguy Community member Posts: 560 Pioneering
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    janer1967 said:

    If you don't pay by direct debit they are working in setting up a secure system to get bank details and these households will get a letter 
    Are they suggesting that I will have to pass on by way of the internet all of my banking details? Not happy in doing that. Surely a cheque can be sent instead? What worries me is if they use the £150 to put against my CT liability. I need the cash for the fuel costs not a reduction in how much CT I have to pay from April.
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    @racyguy I would check your local council website as each council is different . 

    They already have bank details for customers paying by direct debit the same as any company does that you pay through direct debit 

    Cheque payment doesn't suit everyone like me I can't get to a bank to pay a cheque in 
  • racyguy
    racyguy Community member Posts: 560 Pioneering
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    janer1967 said:
    @racyguy I would check your local council website as each council is different . 

    They already have bank details for customers paying by direct debit the same as any company does that you pay through direct debit 

    Cheque payment doesn't suit everyone like me I can't get to a bank to pay a cheque in 
    I will thanks
    I don't pay them by direct debit as I am not able to pay a fixed regular amount - I pay what I can, when I can by cheque through the post.
    I can always have someone pay a cheque in on my behalf - that is not problem 
  • mzdevilz31
    mzdevilz31 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
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    Mzdevilz31 said 
    Hi I have not received my council tax bill and I've been awarded £150 taken off my council tax bill is this the energy rebate of £150 or Is it separate 

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,195 Disability Gamechanger
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    Mzdevilz31 said 
    Hi I have not received my council tax bill and I've been awarded £150 taken off my council tax bill is this the energy rebate of £150 or Is it separate 

    If you haven’t received your council tax bill then how do you know about the £150?
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,125 Disability Gamechanger
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    Ours just showed on the bank account as a payment from the council totally unrelated to CT

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