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Warning for households as thousands missing out on £150 council tax cash – how to claim

TIME is running out to apply for the £150 council tax rebate.

More than 19million households in the UK should have received the cash to help with the cost of living.

Households that haven’t received their £150 from the council must act now

But, 300,000 eligible households have still not claimed the free money, according to government figures.

The £150 council tax rebate was announced in February when former Chancellor Rishi Sunak introduced a cost of living support package.

The deadline was originally September 30 but that was extended by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communitiesto give claimants enough time to apply.

Those who haven’t received the payment should apply urgently as you only have until Wednesday, November 30.

At the time, levelling Up minister Dehenna Davison said: “Thanks to the tireless work of councils, more than 99% of eligible households up and down the country have received their council tax rebate.

“We are now extending the deadline to claim the £150 payment to ensure as many eligible households as possible receive this payment – I urge everyone to check their eligibility and contact their local council if they have not already.”

What is the £150 council tax rebate and who’s eligible?

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak introduced a cost of living support package in March which included a £150 council tax rebate.

This payment, he said, would be offered to households in houses in council tax bands A – D.

That amounts to around 80% of households in England, the government said.

You can find out which band you’re in by using the government’s search council tax band tool – just enter your postcode.

If you’re not eligible for the one-off payment you should check whether you qualify for any other help.

When should I get the £150?

The vast majority of those who are eligible for the payment and who paid their council tax bill by direct debit on April 1 will have received the payment by now – 99% of people in this group in fact.

Those who don’t pay their council tax by direct debit have to apply to get the cash.

Each council will have different systems for you to apply and some have set their own application deadlines.

You can check your local council’s website and social media pages for the latest updates on when you will get the cash.

How do I apply for the cash if I don’t pay by direct debit?

If you don’t pay your council tax by direct debit, most councils will expect you to apply on their website for the cash.

Applications allow your local authority to transfer the cash directly into your bank account.

The forms provide a secure way for you to share your bank account details with your council.

However, some councils have already shut applications and you may receive the rebate differently.

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