More residents are made eligible to claim £150 council tax rebate
Forest of Dean District Council has expanded the eligibility criteria for the £150 council tax rebate so more people across the district who didn't get the original £150 payment can now apply.
Councillor Bernie O’Neill, Cabinet Member for Economy, said:
“For those eligible, they can apply and receive a £150 payment to help with energy costs during the current cost of living crisis.
“We have expanded the criteria of the funding to make it available to more people who may need support, focussing on those most in need.
“This includes people on benefits, people living in shared accommodation and people on a low income.
“Residents should visit our website to see if they are eligible and apply to receive it. Our phone lines are open for those who can't use the internet.
“If you know someone who may need this support such as friends and family, please let them know so we can get this support out to them.”
Those who are eligible for the funding include:
- People living in properties banded E-H who are on low incomes or don’t pay council tax due to caring or health reasons
- People on low income who pay energy bills but not council tax
- People living in houses of multiple occupancy and on low income
- People living in emergency or supported accommodation
- Households where there has been a recent change in council tax band that now puts them in an eligible band
- Households on low income that aren't eligible for council tax support
The full list of eligibility criteria is available on the Council's website along with a form to apply for the support.
Those unable to use the website can telephone the Council for advice and support, however, the Council is encouraging people to apply online where possible to free up phone lines for those who need them most.
More information on the rebate can be found at https://fdean.gov.uk/150rebate
Residents have until 25 September to apply for the funding.