2:47 PM May 12, 2022
Grants of £150 have been paid into the bank accounts of people in North Norfolk.
North Norfolk District Council said it had already distributed around £4.6million to more than 30,000 customers – more than 75% of those eligible for the government scheme in response to rising utility bill costs. ‘energy.
Council taxpayers in Bands A through D are eligible for the grants, which the council began paying by direct debit on April 6.
Eric Seward, portfolio holder for finance and assets, said: “We are delighted that the residents of North Norfolk have received their refund and have now paid a significant sum of money, worth 4.6 million pound sterling.
“When the refund was announced it involved significant system development for local authorities across the UK and we made sure ours would be secure and accurately deliver these much needed funds to many struggling residents, whether we thank you for their patience.”
The refund comes as the country faces the biggest squeeze in living standards in 30 years. But there have been delays in many areas of the council getting the money into people’s bank accounts.
Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, initially told parliament the rebate would be paid in April, just like a Treasury guidance document, but the document was later amended to say “from April”.
A Leveling Up department spokesperson said: “The £150 council tax refund will help millions of people with the rising cost of living, and we’ve provided an additional £144m to councils to provide support to any household in need, regardless of the council’s tax bracket.”
People will either receive letters confirming payment was made by direct debit or, if they are not using direct debit, they will receive details of how they can claim the £150 payment.
The council said the refund was not a cut on council tax and people should continue to pay their bills.