Sign up to receive Energy Bills Rebate direct

Gloucester City Council is advising residents to pay their Council Tax by direct debit, to make sure they receive the £150 Energy Bills Rebate as soon as possible.

The government has announced that households in Council Tax bands A-D will receive the one-off cash payment in April to help with the increased cost of living.

The money will be paid directly into bank accounts and the government has advised that those who pay Council Tax by direct debit are likely to receive their payment first.

Signing up to a direct debit means the council has all the information needed to make the payment to residents.

Paying by direct debit is also easier and quicker and means Council Tax payers don’t have to remember to make their monthly payments. Any direct debits set up are covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee.

Councillor Hannah Norman, cabinet member for Performance and Resources at Gloucester City Council, said: “We know people are struggling with the cost of living right now and we want to make sure that residents receive this vital help with their bills. Those who pay by direct debit will receive this money straight into their bank account so I would urge residents to sign up as soon as they can.”

More information on how residents who don’t pay by direct debit will receive their Energy Bills Rebate payment will be available soon following government guidance.

The rebate is not available on empty or second homes.

Council Tax payers who already pay by direct debit do not need to take any action.

Visit the council website to sign up for a direct debit or call the council on 01452 396396.