Birmingham council tax rebate: when will I get £150 payment, how to apply and claim, and where to check band

As people begin to receive their rebate, here’s how you can find out if you are eligible for the council tax rebate and how to claim it.

The UK government announced in February 2022 a series of measures to support millions of households across the country against rising fuel and energy costs.

One of these measures was a £150 tax rebate for households in England that are within the A-D council tax bands.

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Birmingham City Council will be working on government guidance, which has now been received, to identify the eligible households and send payment.

The council has asked people not to contact them about the payment.

Payments across the UK have started to be paid, but some areas of the country may need to wait until the end of September as this is the deadline which has been given to councils.

Local authories decide when to make payments, which is why not all areas of the UK will have received the payment yet.

Birmingham City Council have issued n update on payments on their website which outlines that the first payment file was issued on 13 May 2022.

A council spokesperson said: “We will continue to process payments over the coming weeks, starting with qualifying households on direct debit followed by non-direct debit payers who have completed an application.

“When the payment is made your bank statement will show £150 received from B’ham City Council.”

What is the rebate?

The council tax rebate is a one off payment of £150 which will be sent to eligible households.

This payment is not a reduction from your bill, and the payment is £150 per household regardless of the number of occupants or council tax payers on the bill.

Who is eligible for the tax rebate?

There are criteria that the UK Government uses to assess which households are eligible for the council tax rebate.

The below criteria must have been met by 1 April 2022:

1. The house is valued in council tax bands A-D. Included in this are properties that are within band E but have an alternative valuation band of band D. This can be as a result of the disabled band reduction scheme.

Your property’s tax band is on your bill or can be discovered through a tool on the UK Government website. Simply type in your postcode to get started.

2. The property is occupied as somebody’s only or main home. 

3. It is a chargeable dwelling, or in exemption classes, N (occupied only by full time students), S (occupied only by persons under the age of 18) , U (occupied only by persons with a severe mental impairment) or W (an annex to a property occupied by the dependant relative of the person living in the main property).

Thousands of households will not automatically receive a council tax rebate.

A property that has nil council tax liability as a result of local council tax support will receive the rebate, but only if all three of the criteria have been met by 1 April.

Second homes and other properties with no permanent occupant will not be eligible for the tax rebate.

Further to this, the liable council tax payer cannot be a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or governmental body.

How do I check my tax band?

The council tax band is what determines how much council tax you pay on your property.

It is calculated using the value of your house at a given point in time, such as 1 April for example.

The band will be on your bill, and is also possible to find on the UK Government website by entering your postcode.

How will I receive payment?

The payments for tax rebates must be paid directly to the council tax payers of eligible households.

The council is required to carry out pre-payment assurance checks to verify that the bank details held match the liable taxpayer named on the council tax records before issuing the payment.

This will be done before payment is made.

If you pay your council tax via direct debit, there is no need to contact the council.

The council will make payments to qualifying households as early as possible in the 2022-2023 financial year.

For council tax payers who are not registered to pay via direct debit, you can sign up to do so now via the Direct Debit form on the Birmingham City Council website.

If you don’t currently pay your council tax bill by direct debit, the council will contact you with details of how to submit an online application so you can supply your bank details.