East Devon residents can still claim £150 cost-of-living council tax energy rebate in second wave of payouts

Council tax energy rebates totalling more than £5million has so far been paid out to thousands of eligible East Devon residents.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) is urging those able to receive the £150 to claim the return in the coming days – the first phase of the rebate was rolled out in April to more than 34,000 direct debit payers.

Now those living an A, B, C or D band property who pay by other methods will be able request the allowance when letters are sent out on Monday (May 9) giving residents details of how to claim online.

The government-backed rebate has already been refunded to millions of homes across the UK to help with the rising cost of living.

Councillor Jack Rowland, EDDC portfolio holder for finance, said: “The council has been working hard to set up the Energy Rebate Scheme in order to get this payment to eligible households as we know how important this money is for those struggling with the increase in energy costs.

“From next week we are prioritising those residents who will need to provide their bank account details through a simple online claim form so that we can validate these details to make the £150 payment.”

Residents who do not pay their council tax by direct debit, including those whose bank details EDDC was not able to verify, will need to meet the following conditions to claim their rebate.

  • Their property is banded A-D or band E with a disablement reduction
  • They are liable to pay council tax at the address
  • The property is their sole or main residence

EDDC said it expects to process more than 12,000 claims in phase two of the rebate scheme.

A council spokesperson said: “In order to safeguard against fraudulent claims residents will need their council tax account number, which can be found on the top of a council tax bill, along with the unique access code that will be in their letter.”

The spokesperson added: “If you have lost your council tax bill you can request a copy through EDDC’s website as this cannot be provided over the phone.”

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