Energy Bills Rebate payments to start
Residents will start to receive their Energy Bills Rebate from next week (week starting 9 May 2022).
Households living in a Band A to D property will receive a £150 payment as part of the Government scheme to help with recent increases in energy bills.
Wychavon will begin making payments first to residents they have bank account details for – those who pay by Direct Debit. The aim will be to complete payments to everyone paying by Direct Debit by the end of May.
Those who pay their Council Tax using other methods will be able to claim the payment through the Post Office with a special voucher which will be sent to them. Wychavon will begin sending these vouchers to households from the end of May.
Wychavon is aware in other parts of the country there are reports of people receiving phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be from 'the council' asking for bank details. Wychavon will not be collecting bank details they do not have on record in this way.
Anyone who receives one of these calls should not give out any information and put the phone down and report it at www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Wychavon is finalising the details of the discretionary scheme announced by the Government. This allows councils to make payments of £150 to people living in Band E to H properties who are on low incomes. Once the scheme is confirmed, more information will be available on Wychavon's website.
Cllr Martin King, Executive Board Member for Resources and Investment on Wychavon District Council, said: "We have had to make some changes to our systems to allow us to make these payments but I am pleased to say we are now in a position to start getting this much-needed help out to people as fast as we possibly can.
"If you can sign up to pay by Direct Debit then I would encourage you to do so as it's a convenient way to pay and will ensure you get your Energy Bills Rebate as soon as possible."
Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/council-tax for more information on how to sign up to pay by Direct Debit.