Since February 2022, Ipswich Borough Council has paid a total of £8,189,700 to more than 54,500 households in Council Tax Energy Rebates and which means that 98% of all of those who were eligible under this government scheme have received their payment. This scheme provides support to those living in properties with a council tax band of A-D.
Where bank details were available for those paying their Council Tax via direct debit the money was paid directly into those accounts. Alternatively, if bank details weren’t provided, the customer failed bank validation or if a household has not applied for the payment, the £150 will be credited to their Council Tax account and a revised bill will be issued as confirmation that their payment has been processed.
Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Deputy Leader of Ipswich Borough Council, says:
“I am pleased that we have made such great progress in getting these payments made and hope they have made a difference for residents during these tricky times.
“I want to take this time to reassure the 2% of eligible residents who haven’t yet received their money that they will receive the payment as a credit to their Council Tax account.
“The Government deadline for processing these payments is the end of September and I am confident that we’re on track to deliver all payments ahead of this deadline.”
Following the first phase of the scheme, the Council is now gearing up to launch the discretionary section of this scheme for some households who weren’t previously eligible.
Further information about this, including how to apply for this and its eligibility criteria will be announced by the Council in the near future.