Nearly 10,000 households in Windsor and Maidenhead are still awaiting council tax refunds
Almost 10,000 households in Windsor and Maidenhead eligible for a £150 council tax rebate had not yet received it by the end of July, new figures show.
Earlier this year the government announced that every household in municipal tax brackets A to D would receive a £150 rebate, as part of a wider package of support to help tackle the cost crisis of life.
These payments started landing in people’s bank accounts in April – but new figures from the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities show that 9,060 – or 27.9 per cent – of the 32,470 eligible households in Windsor and Maidenhead were still waiting end of July. .
More households will likely have received the payment since then.
Payment has generally been made automatically for those who pay their residence tax bills by direct debit.
But it could take longer to reach municipal taxpayers without direct debit agreements, as local authorities must attempt to contact them about the reimbursement scheme and carry out checks, the Local Government Association said earlier this year.
The government has also pledged £144million in ‘discretionary funds’ to help those not covered by the main reimbursement scheme, or to provide additional support for those who are – such as those on a reduction municipal taxes due to a disability, but do not. live in a group A to D property.
However, figures show no households in Windsor and Maidenhead had been paid out of the discretionary fund by the end of July.
Across England, 2.6 million households were still waiting to receive aid at the end of July, out of more than 19 million eligible.
The new prime minister – who will be announced early next week – has been asked to provide more support to deal with soaring fuel, food and basic commodity costs.
A recent report by the Resolution Foundation think tank proposed an energy support package worth tens of billions of pounds, to help Britons overcome pressure on living standards.
Leveling Up Secretary Greg Clark said: “I am pleased to see further progress in delivering Council Tax Rebate to the millions of households who are eligible to receive it.
“We want to make sure those most in need receive the support they are entitled to to help households with the cost of living.
“That’s why I urge everyone to check their eligibility to receive the refund and contact their councils if they haven’t.”
Anyone who hasn’t yet gotten payment should check their council’s website and file a claim by the end of September, the DLUHC said.