May 26, 2022

Around 70,000 households in Cornwall may have to wait longer to get a council tax rebate to help with energy bills because they do not pay by direct debit.

People living in homes which are in bands A to D for council tax will be eligible for the £150 rebate which was announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak earlier this month in response to rising energy bills hitting households.

However there have been warnings that those who do not pay their council tax by direct debit will have to apply for the rebate which will take longer.

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Cornwall Council has said that there are around 160,000 households in Bands A to D which do pay their council tax by direct debit but there are around 70,000 who pay by other means.

In April the £150 rebate will be paid directly into the bank accounts of those who pay their council tax by direct debit but those who pay by cash or cheque will have to wait longer for it and have to apply.

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It has been suggested that the Treasury did not realise how many people do not pay their bills by direct debit when drawing up the new policy.

And it is more likely that it will be poorer households – who the rebate is aimed at – pay their bills either on the…

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