Acting for vulnerable and elderly clients, our Court of Protection team will always check a client's council tax position to ensure all appropriate discounts and exemptions are applied to their council tax bill.
A council tax rebate scheme is being introduced by the government this year to help millions of families with increased living costs. If you live in a council tax band A to D property and pay your council tax by direct debit then you will receive a £150 rebate directly into your bank account from April. You will not need to repay the £150. If you live in a council tax band A to D property but you do not pay your council tax by direct debit then you will be contacted by your local council and invited to make a claim.
If you live in a council tax band A to D property and don't pay your council tax by direct debit then it would be worth setting up a direct debit now so that the rebate can be paid to you as quickly as possible.
Funds are also being made available to councils to provide discretionary support to vulnerable households who may not qualify for the rebate, for example low income households living in a council tax band E to H property.
If you are unsure whether you qualify for the council tax rebate then you can check your council tax band online or contact your local council.
I would also recommend checking with your local council if there are any council tax discounts or exemptions that you might be eligible to receive. For example, if you or a family member living with you has a disability, then you may qualify for a disabled band reduction which would reduce your council tax bill to the next lowest band. This could save you hundreds of pounds.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last month around 20 million households in council tax bands A to D in England – including 95 per cent of rented properties – will benefit from a £3bn council tax rebate which does not have to be repaid.