An update from Wychavon District Council:
You will probably be aware that the Government has announced that households living in a property in Council Tax Bands A to D will receive a £150 payment to help with the cost of their energy bills.
We will be making payments to residents whose bank account details we have on record – those who pay by Direct Debit – from next week.
The aim will be to complete payments to everyone paying by Direct Debit by the end of May.
If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit you should check your bank account throughout May for the payment. Direct Debit payers who have not received the payment by 1 June 2022 should send an email to the address below with Energy Rebate in the subject line.
If you pay your Council Tax using another method, then you will be able to claim the payment through the Post Office with a special voucher which will be sent to you. We will begin sending these vouchers to households from the end of May.
We are aware in other parts of the country there are reports of people receiving phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be from ‘the council’ asking for bank details. We will not be collecting bank details we do not have on record in this way.
If you receive one of these calls you should not give out any information and put the phone down and report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk.
We are also finalising the details of the discretionary scheme announced by the Government. This allows councils to make payments of £150 to people living in Band E to H properties who are on low incomes. Once the scheme is confirmed, more information will be available on Wychavon’s website.
You can use our My Local Area search to check which Council Tax Band your property is in if you are not sure.
Cllr Martin King, Executive Board Member for Resources and Investment on Wychavon District Council, said: “We have had to make some changes to our systems to allow us to make these payments but I am pleased to say we are now in a position to start getting this much-needed help out to people as fast as we possibly can.
“If you can sign up to pay by Direct Debit then I would encourage you to do so as it’s a convenient way to pay and will ensure you get your Energy Bills Rebate as soon as possible.”