A significant number of people across Central Lancashire settle their bill in other ways than direct debit
Thousands of householders across Preston, Chorley and South Ribble are being urged to ensure that they do not miss out on a council tax rebate next month.
The government announced earlier this year that people living in properties in council tax bands A-D would be given £150 back from their bills for the 2022/23 financial year. The move was part of a package put in place by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to help with soaring energy costs.
Eligible residents who pay their council tax by direct debit will be automatically credited with the cash into their bank accounts in April. A significant number of people across Central Lancashire settle their bill in other ways – and so will either have to set up a direct debit if they are able to do so or complete a separate application in order to receive the payment.
In Preston, around 38 percent of households – approximately 15,000 properties – do not currently use direct debit to pay their council tax. In Chorley, there are around 12,900 non-direct debit payers specifically within bands A-D, while in South Ribble that figure is in the region of 9,900.
Preston City Council is encouraging people to set up direct debits in order to receive the £150 rebate in the simplest and quickest way possible.
The authority said earlier this month that it would be establishing a separate process for those without a direct debit – and those who are exempt from council tax – but warned that the system would take time to set up due to verification requirements and said that payments to people in that position could take longer to process.
Cabinet member for finance Martyn Rawlinson said: “Anyone paying by direct debit will receive the £150 payment directly into their bank account. For those who don’t have a direct debit set up, this could cause a delay to the payment process. I’d urge them to set this up as soon as possible via the council’s website.
“This is an easy, safe and secure way to pay your council tax and the quickest way to receive the rebate,” Cllr Rawlinson added.